Second-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain
Focusing on questions of identity, Beyond Expectations examines the nature of second generation Nigerians incorporation in the United States and Britain. It explores how, in combination, race, ethnicity, and class (both parental and individual) affect the identity formation process and assimilation trajectories of the adult second generation of Nigerian ancestry in both countries.
It finds that despite living in countries where people are categorized by race and where race and racial categorization still hold great social and political power, the Nigerian second generation in both countries are not defined through the prism of race. They have formed a nuanced identity that balances race, a Nigerian ethnicity (which includes an achievement orientation akin to “model minority” groups), a pan-African identity, and, depending on structure of national identity and perceptions of thoroughness in redressing past ethnoracial traumas, identification with the country of destination.
“Full of insights about the formation of identities among second-generation Nigerians in the U.S. and England, this richly drawn study is a welcome contribution to understanding the increasingly diverse black population on both sides of the Atlantic.”
—Nancy Foner, coauthor of Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe
“Onoso Imoagene challenges assimilation theories and deftly shows how second-generation Nigerians achieve upward mobility by choosing ethnicity while negotiating race. Beyond Expectations is a must-read for scholars of immigration, of the second generation, and of race/ethnicity.”
—Jennifer Lee, Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
“Onoso Imoagene provides a rich, empirical account that makes important contributions to our theories of identity and immigrant integration. This should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the changing nature of American and British societies.”
—Mary C. Waters, author of Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities
“This book makes important contributions to our understandings of immigration, race, and ethnicity.”
—Natasha K. Warikoo, Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities