Puerto Rican high achievers: An example of ethnic and academic identity compatibility

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Although research finds that members of some involuntary minority ethnic groups tend to develop oppositional identities, Puerto Rican students studied in this research project at an urban high school did not associate school success with "whiteness." These students were academically successful while still maintaining their ethnic identity. They were not accused of acting white, did not mask their academic accomplishments, and did not assume raceless personas. Different conceptualizations of ethnicity, sociohistorical context, and class may account for their maintenance of ethnic identity while achieving success in school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-362
Number of pages20
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology

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