Ethnic Identity from a Macro-Sociological Perspective: Second-generation Iranian “immigrants”

Fereshteh F. Ahmadi

Affiliation: Professor in Sociology, University of Gävle

Keywords: Racism, Iranians, Second-generation “immigrants”, Ethnocentrism, National identity, Ethnic identity

DOI: 10.17160/josha.4.1.266

Languages: English

A feeling of chosenness can result in isolation from other nations and ethnic groups. As it seems, such a feeling of ethnic chosenness may have led to a tendency toward ethnocentrism and in some extreme cases, towards racism found among some Iranians (30%-40% according to the world value survey). Such an ethnocentrism may have negative effects on the identity construction of young people, particularly those outside Iran. In the present article, based on studies conducted among Iranian-Swedish and Iranian-American young people, I will try to shed light on this problem. Key words: Racism, Iranians, Second-generation “immigrants”, Ethnocentrism, National identity, Ethnic identity

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