Intra-racial relations among blacks in the United States: dissimilarities, partnerships, and common identities

Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Global and Sociocultural Studies

First Advisor's Name

William Osborne

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Stephen M. Fjellhman

Third Advisor's Name

Kathleen (Logan) Martin

Date of Defense



In the wake of a steadily increasing diversity in ethnicity among Blacks in the United States, efforts need to be made to analyze and understand the dynamics of the relations among the various Black ethnic groups in the United States. This thesis explores the present state of relations among these groups by utilizing an extensive literature review on the topic in conjunction with in-depth interviews. What is of particular interest here are the differing and similar intergroup perspectives on self-identity, as well as any cultural similarities and dissimilarities that exist. We find that the cultural dissimilarities create barriers to harmonious relations among the groups, while particular ideologies such as Pan-Africanism and Black nationalism provide the basis for strong unified fronts and partnerships for those who embrace them.



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