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Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur, and Nirvikar Singh

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190648749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648749.001.0001

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Becoming American

Becoming American

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The Other One Percent

Sanjoy Chakravorty

Devesh Kapur

Nirvikar Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the multiple pathways—economic, social, civic, political—that Indian immigrants travel to “become American.” The journey is seen from multiple angles: naturalization, civic engagement, political participation, and discrimination that shaped the forms and degree of assimilation for earlier cohorts. High levels of education have facilitated economic assimilation, while distinct religious identities have impeded cultural and social assimilation and shaped political choices. The chapter analyzes the assimilation of the second generation as manifest in exogamy, fertility decisions, occupation choices, and different forms of civic and political engagement. The chapter also examines how India’s diversity has led to contestations about identity within the community. The diversity of this population is further illustrated by examining the roughly 10 percent of this population who were neither born in India nor the United States.

Keywords:   Assimilation, second generation, gender, diaspora, naturalization, civic engagement, political participation, discrimination

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