Sociological Forum

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 225–247 | Cite as

Competing Identities? Race, Ethnicity and Panethnicity Among Dominicans in the United States

  • Jose Itzigsohn
  • Carlos Dore-Cabral


In this paper we explore the racial and ethnic self-identification of Dominican immigrants in the United States. This issue is central in understanding how immigrants experience the process of incorporation into American society. We argue that as Dominican immigrants incorporate to American life, they adopt a Hispanic or Latino identity. This identity serves both as a form of racial identification within the American racial stratification system and as a form of assertive panethnic identity. This identity, however, does not supersede national identification, which remains the anchoring identity.

panethnicity race identity immigration incorporation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Itzigsohn
    • 1
  • Carlos Dore-Cabral
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyBrown UniversityProvidence
  2. 2.Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)Santo DomingoDominican Republic

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