Racialization, Racial /Ethnic Identity, and the Integration of Immigrants

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778). This special issue belongs to the section "Genealogical Communities: Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Racial, and Multi-National Genealogies".

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Department of Sociology, Canisius University, Buffalo, NY 14208, USA
Interests: race and ethnicity; identity; international migration; immigrant integration; diversity; refugees; acculturation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A Special Issue of Genealogy now accepts submissions on the theme of racialization, ethnic identity and the integration of immigrants. The editorial team invites essays that examine how racial/ethnic identities are perceived, negotiated, maintained and reconstructed, and how racism and discrimination are experienced through generations of immigrants in racially/ethnically diverse societies.

Racial/ethnic identity refers to an individual's identification with a particular racial or ethnic (cultural) group. Racial/ethnic identity formation is a dynamic process that evolves as individuals explore, engage with and reflect on their racial and cultural heritage, traditions, values and customs (Phinney, 1989). Social and historical factors such as the size and status of the racial/ethnic community, power dynamics, opportunities, limitations for different groups in society, etc., can influence identity construction and the racial/ethnic identification of groups and individuals.

Ethnic identity development can be a perplexing process for immigrants and their offspring, who find themselves in a position of having to negotiate and harmoniously integrate the values, norms, customs and practices of their ethnic culture with those of the dominant culture (Rotheram-Borus and Wyche, 1994). At times, individuals may experience confusion and distress while trying to find a good balance between the ethnic and dominant cultures. Furthermore, the social structural context that used to be stable and balanced can be challenged due to changing political and economic atmosphere, introducing new expectations and limitations for racial and ethnic minorities. The racialization (the process through which social groups are categorized, differentiated, discriminated against or marginalized based on their perceived racial or ethnic characteristics) of some minorities due to political or economic crises or outbreak of epidemics, construction of negative stereotypes, etc., can make racial/ethnic identity a source of exclusion and an identity crisis for immigrants and their offspring.

As such, this Special Issue invites both empirical and theoretical contributions from relevant disciplinary backgrounds, addressing, but not limited to, the topics listed below:

  • Racial identity construction and re-construction of minorities;
  • Ethnic identity development of immigrant offspring;
  • Ethic identity negotiation/re-construction of immigrants and their offspring;
  • Ethnic identity and integration into the host society;
  • Racial/ethnic identity, integration and sense of belonging;
  • Racial/ethnic identity and experiences of racism and discrimination;
  • Racial/ethnic identity and mental health;
  • Racial/ethnic identity as a form of social identity;
  • Racial/ethnic identity and scapegoating;
  • Hyphenated identities;
  • Cultural distance and integration;
  • Racialization process of minorities;
  • Social media and racial/ethnic identity formation.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors should initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400–600 words summarizing their intended contribution by 1 October 2023. Please send this to the Guest Editor ([email protected]) and Genealogy Editorial Office ([email protected]). The guest editor will review abstracts for the purposes of ensuring a proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer review.

Phinney, J.S. Stages of ethnic identity development in minority group adolescents. J. Early Adolesc. 1989, 9, 34–49.

Rotheram-Borus, M. J.; Wyche, K. Ethnic differences in identity development in the United States. In Interventions for Adolescent Identity Development; Archer, S., Ed.; Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA, 1994; pp. 62–83.

Dr. Secil Erdogan Ertorer
Guest Editor

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  • racial identity
  • ethnic identity
  • racialization
  • immigrant integration
  • immigrant identity
  • identity formation
  • racism
  • exclusion
  • sense of belonging

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Employment Barriers for Racialized Immigrants: A Review of Economic and Social Integration Support and Gaps in Edmonton, Alberta
by Doriane Intungane, Jennifer Long, Hellen Gateri and Rita Dhungel
Genealogy 2024, 8(2), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy8020040 - 09 Apr 2024
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This article explores the strategies used by government-sponsored institutions dedicated to addressing systemic barriers to employment for racialized immigrants in Edmonton. The research involved conducting in-depth semi-structured interviews with service providers, employment program coordinators from different settlement and employment agencies, and a research [...] Read more.
This article explores the strategies used by government-sponsored institutions dedicated to addressing systemic barriers to employment for racialized immigrants in Edmonton. The research involved conducting in-depth semi-structured interviews with service providers, employment program coordinators from different settlement and employment agencies, and a research and training centre operating in Edmonton, Alberta. The first objective is to understand the barriers racialized immigrants face through the hiring and promotion process. The second objective is to understand the support provided by those institutions and the impact of their equity policies on how they assist racialized Canadians in finding gainful employment. Lastly, this study explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement on the employment of racialized immigrants in Edmonton. The results show that around 50% of employment service providers acknowledged that visible minority immigrants face barriers while integrating into the labour market, including racial microaggressions in their jobs. In addition, the findings indicate a lack of programs tailored to the needs of racialized job seekers. Participants in this study reported that the Black Lives Matter movement raised awareness among employers regarding racial issues in the workplace. Hence, there is a demonstrated need for employers to undergo training to recognize and address racism in hiring, promoting, and retaining racialized employees at Canadian workplaces. Interviewees recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted racialized employees and newcomers. They recommended that Canadian companies establish educational programs that emphasize the importance and benefits of racial diversity, equity, and inclusion in the hiring process. Full article
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