Reflection and Analysis of Nancy Foner's “West Indian Identity in the Diaspora: Comparative and Historical Perspectives”
I examine how this ethnic density manifests in schools, and how it influences ethnic-identity formation among second-generation West Indians.
It is only in recent decades, however, that women have come to dominate major West Indian migrant flows, so that questions pertaining to gender and migration have taken on special relevance in contemporary studies of West Indian migration. The three migration movements, taken together, have involved hundreds of thousands of people.
Moreover, the boundaries between racial and ethnic groups are becoming blurred by high rates of intermarriage and the growing number of persons with mixed ancestry (Lee and Bean 2004). Descriptions and projections of the racial and ethnic composition of the American people appear kaleidoscopic, with varied accounts and interpretations. Some commentators anticipate a new melting pot, often labeled as the “browning of America,” characterized by continued blurring of once-distinct racial and ethnic divisions (Rodriguez 2003).
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