ⓘ Panethnicity is a political neologism used to group various ethnic groups together based on their related cultural origins; geographic, linguistic, religious, o ..


ⓘ Panethnicity

Panethnicity is a political neologism used to group various ethnic groups together based on their related cultural origins; geographic, linguistic, religious, or racial similarities are often used alone or in combination to draw panethnic boundaries. The term panethnic was used extensively during mid-twentieth century anti-colonial/national liberation movements. In the United States, Yen Espiritu popularized the term and coined the nominal term panethnicity in reference to Asian Americans, a racial category composed of disparate peoples having in common only their origin in the continent of Asia.

It has since seen some use as a replacement of the term race ; for example, the aforementioned Asian Americans can be described as "a panethnicity" of various unrelated peoples of Asia, which are nevertheless perceived as a distinguishable group within the larger multiracial North American society.

More recently the term has also come to be used in contexts outside multiculturalism in US society, as a general replacement for terms like ethnolinguistic group or racial group.

The concept is to be distinguished from "pan-nationalism", which similarly groups related ethnicities but in the context of either ethnic nationalism, or civic nationalism e.g. Pan-Africanism.


1. United States

Panethnicity has allowed for Asian Americans to unite based on similar historical relations with the US, such as US military presence in their native country. The Asian American panethnic identity has evolved to become a means for immigrant groups such as Asian Americans to unite in order to gain political strength in numbers.

Panethnic labels are often, though not always, created and employed by outsiders of the group that is being defined panethnically. Mainstream institutions and political policies often play a big role in the labeling of panethnic groups. They often enact policies that deal with specific groups of people, and panethnic groups are one way to group large numbers of people. Public policy might dole out resources or make deals with multiple groups, viewing them all as one large entity.

  • of Panethnicity Explaining Asian American Collective Action American Sociological Review. 68 6 811 842. Okamoto, Dina G. 2008 Panethnic Identity
  • construction of a metaethnicity of multiple identities. Multiethnic society Panethnicity Brook, Solomon, and Nikolai Cheboksarov. 1984. Metaethnic Identities
  • prepositions, only Greek words. Kyrie, I eulogize the archons of the Panethnic Numismatic Thesaurus and the Ecumenical Trapeza for the orthodoxy of their
  • are African? The museum espouses the scientifically accepted idea of panethnicity wherein all humans have a common African origin. The Emerging Artists
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  • Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent. The term refers to a panethnic group that includes diverse populations, which have ancestral origins
  • Natalie 2006 Together They Become One: Examining the Predictors of Panethnic Group Consciousness Among Asian Americans and Latinos Social Science
  • assimilation to American culture, awareness of socio - political differences, Panethnic Asian American consciousness, ethnocentric realization and introspection
  • national identity using the Miss Asian America Pageant. She found that panethnic pageants like Miss Asian America which came of age in the 1980s plays
  • Nationalism, London: Macmillan Press. Espiritu, Yen Le: Asian - American Panethnicity Bridging Institutions and Identities. Appadurai, Arjun 1996: Modernity
  • transnational identities, second - generation Dominicans gear more towards a panethnic identity as Latinos. Itzigsohn s most recent publication with Marcelo