3. The Bicultural Identity Performance of Immigrants

  1. Assaad E. Azzi Professor director3,
  2. Xenia Chryssochoou Associate Professor4,
  3. Bert Klandermans Professor5 and
  4. Bernd Simon Professor Directors6
  1. Shaun Wiley Social-Personality Psychologist Assistant Professor of Psychology1 and
  2. Kay Deaux Distinguished Professor Emerita2

Published Online: 12 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch3

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

How to Cite

Wiley, S. and Deaux, K. (2010) The Bicultural Identity Performance of Immigrants, in Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies (eds A. E. Azzi, X. Chryssochoou, B. Klandermans and B. Simon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

  2. 4

    Panteion University (Athens, Greece)

  3. 5

    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  4. 6

    Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    College of New Jersey, USA

  2. 2

    Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199476

Online ISBN: 9781444328158



  • bicultural identity performance of immigrants;
  • demographic phenomenon and reflecting - experience of people who lived in multiple cultural contexts;
  • compatibility and conflict in bicultural identification;
  • early notions of biculturalism - as unidimensional process, immigrant typically moving away from culture of origin toward culture of entry over time;
  • concept of bicultural identity integration (BII) - acknowledging different forms of biculturalism and their situational contingencies;
  • elements of bicultural identity structure - and model of bicultural identity performance;
  • audience, important aspect - of expression of collective identities;
  • bicultural identity performance, exemplified by individual immigrant bringing specifically defined ethnic and national identities;
  • bicultural identity performance - without identity threat;
  • framework of bicultural identity performance - building on previous models of biculturalism in several ways


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Compatibility and Conflict in Bicultural Identification

  • Bicultural Identity Performance: Defining the Parameters

  • Elements of Bicultural Identity Structure

  • The Significance of Audience

  • Bicultural Identity Performance

  • Concluding Comments

  • References