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date: 18 November 2017

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In this chapter, we explore the relevance of the implicit social cognition framework to research on multicultural identities. We posit that self-related mental processes underlying multicultural identities often operate at a largely automatic or nonconscious level. We propose a conceptualization of implicit multicultural identities as associative knowledge structures. We describe techniques that can be adapted to assess implicit multicultural identities. The chapter includes sections devoted to the relations between implicit and explicit self-concepts, the interconnections among various components of the self-system, the context-sensitivity of implicit self-definitions, and the cultural foundations of implicit knowledge. In sum, the chapter lays the foundations for a more systematic program of research on implicit multicultural identities.

Keywords: multicultural identity, implicit social cognition, automatic, nonconscious, identity, self-concept, attitude, dissociation, affective-cognitive consistency, implicit measures, biculturalism, multiculturalism, culture

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