"I thought you were Japanese": Ethnic miscategorization and identity assertion

Matthew D. Trujillo, Randi L. Garcia, J. Nicole Shelton

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Abstract

Across 2 studies we examined how ethnic minorities respond to ethnic miscategorization. Using a 21-day experience sampling procedure (Study 1), we found that ethnic minorities exhibited greater ethnic identity assertion when they had reported being ethnically miscategorized the previous day. Similarly, we found that ethnic minorities who were ethnically miscategorized (vs. not) by a White partner in the laboratory exhibited greater ethnic identity assertion and expressed greater dislike of their partner (Study 2). In both studies, these effects were stronger for individuals whose ethnic identity was central to their self-concept. The implications of these findings for ethnic identity development and intergroup relations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-516
Number of pages10
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Ethnic identity
  • Identity assertion
  • Miscategorization

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