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Double Consciousness

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Coined by W. E. B. Du Bois to describe the conflict of being both “Negro” and “American,” double consciousness is a term used to describe an individual's awareness and negotiation of the relationship between these two irreconcilable identities. It is used to identify the ways in which an individual's Black and American identities, because they signify different sets of ideals and privileges, neither can be reconciled nor can one entirely usurp the other. Instead, the perpetually ...

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