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Black EthnicsRace, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream$
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Christina M. Greer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989300

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989300.001.0001

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A Theory of Black Elevated Minority Status

A Theory of Black Elevated Minority Status

(p.11) Chapter 1 A Theory of Black Elevated Minority Status
Black Ethnics

Christina M. Greer

Oxford University Press

In chapter 1, I lay out my theory of elevated minority status and linked fate of black ethnics—an extension of Dawson’s (1994) black utility heuristic—in order to better understand elevated minority status as an ethnic utility heuristic that incorporates segmented assimilation, political attitudes, and political behaviors of black ethnic immigrants in the late twentieth century. I utilize previous scholarship from sociologists, economists, and political scientists who have advanced the fields of racial and ethnic politics. My analysis links the research to Asian American studies, Latino politics, urban politics, social identity, and public opinion that have not previously been integrated in a comprehensive analysis pertaining to black diversity. I also focus on how these integrated theories have implications for all “minority” groups living in the United States and can illuminate how they use amorphous concepts of race and detailed ethnic identifications as building blocks for larger conversations pertaining to policy, political resources, representation, and benefits.

Keywords:   Elevated Minority, Pan-ethnicity, Immigrants, Groups, Race, Afro-Caribbean, African, Black American, Identity

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