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ETHNIC OPTION is a term coined by sociologist Mary C. Waters to express her conception that ethnic identity of the descendants of immigrants is flexible, symbolic and voluntary, not a definitive aspect of their identity. Waters argues that with the achievement of middle-class suburban status, ethnicity becomes a lifestyle option, a costless form of community.

SEE ALSO

* Symbolic ethnicity * Rachel Dolezal * Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren

REFERENCES

* ^ Omi, Michael. "Racial Identity and the State", in Adams, Maurianne. Readings for diversity and social justice, Routledge, 2000, p. 78. * ^ Kleg, Milton, Hate, Prejudice, and Racism, SUMY Press, 1993, p. 43-44. * ^ Hickman, Mary J. "Migration and Diaspora", in Cleary, Joseph N. and Claire Connolly. The Cambridge companion to modern Irish culture, Cambridge University Press, 2005, p. 131

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Ethnicity

Related concepts

* Clan

* Ethnic group
Ethnic group

* Ethnolinguistic group * Ethnoreligious group
Ethnoreligious group

* Indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples
* Ingroups and outgroups * Meta-ethnicity * Metroethnicity * Minority group * Monoethnicity * Nation * Nationality
Nationality
* Panethnicity * Polyethnicity * Population
Population
* Race * Symbolic ethnicity * Tribe
Tribe

ETHNOLOGY

* Anthropology
Anthropology
* Ethnic studies * Ethnoarchaeology

* Ethnobiology

* Ethnobotany
Ethnobotany
* Ethnozoology * Ethnoecology

* Ethnocinema * Ethnogeology

* Ethnography
Ethnography

* Autoethnography * Clinical * Critical * Cyber- * Netnography * Online * Person-centered * Salvage * Transidioethnography * Video

* Ethnohistory * Ethnolinguistics * Ethnology
Ethnology
* Ethnomathematics * Ethnomethodology * Ethnomuseology * Ethnomusicology
Ethnomusicology
* Ethnophilosophy * Ethnopoetics * Ethnoscience * Ethnosemiotics * Ethnotaxonomy

Groups by region

* AFRICA

* Arab League

* AMERICAS

* Indigenous * Canada * Mexico * United States * Central America * South America

* ASIA

* Central Asia * East Asia * Northern Asia * South Asia * Southeast Asia * West Asia

* AUSTRALIA

* Indigenous

* EUROPE

* OCEANIA

* Indigenous * European

Identity and ethnogenesis

* Cross-race effect * Cultural assimilation * Cultural identity
Cultural identity
* Demonym * Development * Endonym * Ethnic flag * Ethnic option * Ethnic origin * Ethnic religion
Ethnic religion
* Ethnicity in census * Ethnofiction * Ethnonym * Folk religion
Folk religion
* Historical * Imagined community * Kinship
Kinship
* Legendary progenitor * Lineage-bonded society * Mores
Mores
* Nation-building * Nation state * National language
National language
* National myth * Origin myth * Pantribal sodality * Tribal name * Tribalism * Urheimat
Urheimat

Multiethnic society

* Consociationalism * Diaspora politics * Dominant minority * Ethnic democracy * Ethnic enclave
Ethnic enclave
* Ethnic interest group * Ethnic majority * Ethnic media * Ethnic pornography
Ethnic pornography
* Ethnic theme park * Ethnoburb
Ethnoburb
* Ethnocracy * Indigenous rights
Indigenous rights
* Middleman minority * Minority rights * Model minority * Multinational state
Multinational state

Ideology and ethnic conflict

* Ethnic bioweapon * Ethnic cleansing
Ethnic cleansing
* Ethnic hatred * Ethnic joke * Ethnic nationalism
Ethnic nationalism
* Ethnic nepotism * Ethnic penalty * Ethnic slur * Ethnic stereotype
Ethnic stereotype
* Ethnic violence * Ethnocentrism * Ethnocide * Ethnosymbolism * Indigenism * Separatist movements * Xenophobia

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