Proposal: National vs. Ethnic Identities
In the process of assimilation into Western cultures and ideas, people of color experience an identity crisis in the melding of ethnic and national identities. These recent voices on race conceptualize their experiences and the conflicting ideas between the two worlds. There is dialectic of identities with one feeling caught in a space that is alien and fearful. Several factors that has effected racial identity is globalization and the economy. Although all modern nations are cultural hybrids, the dominate group of a modern nation instills its foundational myths, tradition, narratives and origins on all of its peoples. With the onset of globalization, the world is becoming more interconnected (homogenized) and in the process, national identities are eroding. Can these dimensions co-exist with one another and is there a resulting synthesis in the end? It is suggested that one of three things may occur in this process; the strengthening of local identities, a re-identification of original cultures or the production of a new identity.
Race and ethnicity have emerged as their own sub-field in theory in recent decades. In this sampler, with no pretensions to comprehensiveness or canonical-ness, we examine a set of readings from our anthology that tackle race and theory from a variety of perspectives.
Hall, Stuart. 1996. "The Global, the Local, and the Return of Ethnicity" (609-615)
Asante, Molefi Kete. 1987. "The Afrocentric Idea" (500-502)
West, Cornel. 1990. "The New Cultural Politics of Difference" (511-521)
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. . 1986. "'Race' as the Trope of the World" (521-526)
Collins, Patricia Hill. 1990. "Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination" (541-552)
Anzaldúa, Gloria. 1987. "The New Mestiza" (552-558)
Wilson, William Julius. 19xx. "Global Economic Changes and the Limits of the Race Relations Vision"
See chapters 15, 16, 17 in Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)