Cape Verdean Immigrants in America: The Socialization of by Ambrizeth Lima

By Ambrizeth Lima

Lima reports the socialization of younger, male Cape Verdean immigrants. households, colleges and neighborhoods play a major position. the truth that many oldsters didn't communicate English and will no longer learn their society, led the younger males to develop into cultural and language agents at domestic. those that stumbled on social aid in class have been those that ultimately graduated. those that didn't do good academically may hint their failure to early detrimental reports at school. Lima's paintings helps the concept that what immigrant households deliver from the house state and what they locate of their host state performs a tremendous function in how their acculturation.

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She don't show me a lot of respect like she was supposed to give to me… I don't want to go home. My mother's mad at me and I don't have much love. My mother don't give me much love. I want to do everything to make her happy and to make myself happy too. Interestingly, the strong values that, according to Adilson, were instilled in him by his grandmother compelled him to respect his mother even though he felt disrespected by her. Furthermore, his perception that his mother did not love him caused him a great deal of anxiety and he continuously tried to please her.

1999; Dance, 2002). For example, Carter (2005) notes that some youth choose not to conform to the cultural practices of the “dominant culture,” such as acquiring Standard English or dressing in particular ways. 1). , African Americans, Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexican Americans); immigrant youth are considered voluntary immigrant minorities. Ethno-Historical Frameworks and Theoretical Lenses 27 Ogbu and Fordham (1986). I would argue that the youth she describes as “keepin’ it real” exhibited at least some behaviors that are construed as “oppositional,” termed by others as “resistance” or “stance” (Dance, 2002; Ferguson, 2001).

Many of them live with people who are virtual strangers to them and do not see the parent(s) who raised them for years. As a member of an immigrant community, I have also heard stories of parents who, because of different circumstances, have not seen their children for five, ten, even eighteen years. Consequently, when I interviewed my participants, I was not surprised by my findings; nine out of twelve youth had been separated from one or both parents for various lengths of time. 1 on the following page depicts parental reunification and separation for each participant.

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