On the need to broaden the concept of ethnic identity

Van de Vijver, Fons J.R, Blommaert, Jan, Gkoumasi, Georgia and Stogianni, Maria (2015) On the need to broaden the concept of ethnic identity. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 46 36-46. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.03.021

Author Van de Vijver, Fons J.R
Blommaert, Jan
Gkoumasi, Georgia
Stogianni, Maria
Title On the need to broaden the concept of ethnic identity
Journal name International Journal of Intercultural Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0147-1767
Publication date 2015-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.03.021
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Start page 36
End page 46
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press (Elsevier Science)
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Ethnic identity
Mixed methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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