Reference : On the need to broaden the concept of ethnic identity
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Social, industrial & organizational psychology
Multilingualism and Intercultural Studies
On the need to broaden the concept of ethnic identity
Van de Vijver, Fons J. R. mailto []
Blommaert, Jan mailto []
Gkoumasi, Georgia []
Stogianni, Maria mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
International Jounrnal of Intercultural Relations
In Search of a Cultural Home in a Multicultural Society
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[en] Ethnic identity ; Mixed methods ; Superdiversity
[en] We argue that the traditional split between ethnic identity and mainstream identity as core identities of immigrants can no longer describe the multiple allegiances of many immigrants. Ethnographic and survey methods should be combined to study (the broader concept of) social identity in a context of multiple allegiances that can undergo quick changes. We illustrate the multidisciplinary approach in a study in a highly diverse neighborhood in Antwerp (Belgium). We first present an ethnographic description of the area, followed by a mixed-methods study of identities of the inhabitants of the area. In the survey part we administered various social identity measures (including ethnic, national, and cosmopolitan identity) and asked open end self-descriptions. A factor analysis of these data revealed two factors (identity and belongingness). We conclude that such a multidisciplinary and multimethod approach is needed to understand the immense complexity of highly diverse neighborhoods and their psychological ramifications.
Babylon Center for the Study of Superdiversity
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