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Researchers have been determined to understand the reasons behind the persistence of ethnicity in a country whose diverse population includes many individuals who maintain strong ethnic identities across boundaries. Historically, in the United States, ethnicity has been viewed as a broad category that includes, but is not limited to, national origin, political economy, and cultural construction through the process and adaptive nature of group bonding and negotiated through situational contexts. Thus, ethnicity has been linked interchangeably to labels such as ethnic identity/ethnic identification, cultural identity/cultural identification, racial identity, and ethnolinguistic identity. These labels and categories are perceived as both broad and narrow and are contextually studied across disciplines. To explore ethnic and cultural identity models and measures implies understanding the theoretical development of ethnic and ...

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