Ethnic identities, language, and economic outcomes among dominicans in a new destination

Leif Jensen, Jeffrey H. Cohen, Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, Gordon F. De Jong, Leila Rodríguez

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Objective. This study examines how racial/ethnic self-identity interrelates with language ability, skin tone, and years in the United States and with indicators of socioeconomic attainment for Dominican immigrants in Reading, Pennsylvania, a new destination city that had a nearly 800 percent increase in the Dominican population between 1990-2000. Methods. In-depth ethno-surveys conducted with a sample of 65 Dominican-origin adults are the basis for the descriptive analysis. Results. Based on open-ended responses, nearly 43 percent of immigrants described themselves with a specific ethnic identifier (Dominican) and 41 percent use a more general panethnic identifier (Hispanic or Latino). Panethnic self-identity is interrelated with stronger language ability, lighter skin tone, and more years in the United States, and with better indicators of socioeconomic status. Conclusion. Race/ethnic identity is an important component of Dominican immigrant assimilation in this new destination context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1088-1099
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Science Quarterly
Volume87
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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Jensen, Leif ; Cohen, Jeffrey H. ; Toribio, Almeida Jacqueline ; De Jong, Gordon F. ; Rodríguez, Leila. / Ethnic identities, language, and economic outcomes among dominicans in a new destination. In: Social Science Quarterly. 2006 ; Vol. 87, No. 5. pp. 1088-1099.
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In: Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 87, No. 5, 01.12.2006, p. 1088-1099.

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