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Drzewiecka, Jolanta A. and Somava Pande. 2017. Racial incorporation through alignment with whiteness. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 10 (2) : 115–134.
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This inquiry explores alignment with whiteness as a form of racial incorporation amid Asian Indian immigrants. Alignment—lining up—clarifies the process of racial incorporation as a creative construction of similarities in social position, values, interests, and culture. Thirty Asian Indian immigrants were interviewed. It was found that they were positioned to interact with white Americans by their material resources, terms of immigration, and prearrival imagination of the U.S. as white. They incorporated themselves by constructing terms of equivalence with whiteness and adopting the discourse of racelessness. It is shown how identity capital and affect allow and secure racial alignment.