Hospitable To Others: Indian American Motel Owners Create Boundaries And Belonging In The Heartland

Title:
Hospitable To Others: Indian American Motel Owners Create Boundaries And Belonging In The Heartland
Authors:
Dhingra, Pawan H.
Abstract:
Asian Indian Americans own almost half of the nation's motels but have received almost no academic attention. This article's main goal is to explain how these ethnic minorities created a sense of belonging in their local towns (primarily in Ohio), apart from their co-ethnic communities, despite tensions with locals. Indian Americans felt marginalized from others due to their occupational, racial and ethnic statuses. But, they still created connections to non-ethnic locals and to surrounding institutions along these three statuses. How informants did so and what belonging meant varied based on their level of resources. Still, all persons found ways to connect to their local environment, separate from their ethnic group. Such belonging involved both recognizing and chipping away at surrounding hierarchies, but while simultaneously affirming them. The findings suggest that rather than a clear trajectory, adaptation can be a process of simultaneously advancing both an integration and social inequality.
Citation:
Dhingra, Pawan. 2010. "Hospitable To Others: Indian American Motel Owners Create Boundaries And Belonging In The Heartland." Ethnic And Racial Studies 33(6): 1088-1107.
Publisher:
Routledge Journals
DATE ISSUED:
2010
Department:
Sociology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1080/01419870903307923
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309917

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDhingra, Pawan H.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:21:00Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:21:00Zen
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.citationDhingra, Pawan. 2010. "Hospitable To Others: Indian American Motel Owners Create Boundaries And Belonging In The Heartland." Ethnic And Racial Studies 33(6): 1088-1107.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0141-9870en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309917en
dc.description.abstractAsian Indian Americans own almost half of the nation's motels but have received almost no academic attention. This article's main goal is to explain how these ethnic minorities created a sense of belonging in their local towns (primarily in Ohio), apart from their co-ethnic communities, despite tensions with locals. Indian Americans felt marginalized from others due to their occupational, racial and ethnic statuses. But, they still created connections to non-ethnic locals and to surrounding institutions along these three statuses. How informants did so and what belonging meant varied based on their level of resources. Still, all persons found ways to connect to their local environment, separate from their ethnic group. Such belonging involved both recognizing and chipping away at surrounding hierarchies, but while simultaneously affirming them. The findings suggest that rather than a clear trajectory, adaptation can be a process of simultaneously advancing both an integration and social inequality.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge Journalsen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/01419870903307923en_US
dc.subject.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.titleHospitable To Others: Indian American Motel Owners Create Boundaries And Belonging In The Heartlanden_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalEthnic And Racial Studiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordBelongingen_US
dc.subject.keywordEthnic boundariesen_US
dc.subject.keywordImmigrant entrepreneurshipen_US
dc.subject.keywordInterethnic relationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordRacial hierarchyen_US
dc.subject.keywordSouth Asian immigrantsen_US
dc.identifier.volume33en_US
dc.identifier.issue6en_US
dc.identifier.startpage1088en_US
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