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"I'M NOT AMERICAN; DON'T FORGET IT:" WEST INDIAN WOMEN, DIFFERENCE AND CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES

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Article

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Published in: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, vol. 15, no. 1-2, 2014.

Abstract

[...]there seems to be an exclusive focus on race and racial identification in existing literature in this area, which oversimplifies the complex positionalities that characterize the experiences of West Indian women residing in the United States.According to Wilma, who had to work as a full-time waitress to pay her tuition, Americans here have everything; they get to go to school at any age.[...]the participants' conception of Anglo and African Americans conspicuously reflects the stereotypical image of these groups propagated by mainstream media.According to this candid statement, her feeling like an outcast is not related to the fact that she does not have the same luxury experiences as her wealthy counterparts (and thus could not talk about summer camps, or tennis lessons, or houses), but rather because she had no interest in those topics, which she deems indulgent.

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