Is That Your Child?

Is That Your Child? : Mothers Talk About Rearing Biracial Children

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'Is That Your Child?' is a question that countless mothers of biracial children encounter whether they are African American or European American, rearing children today or a generation ago, living in the city or in the suburbs, are upper middle class or lower middle class. Social scientists Marion Kilson and Florence Ladd probe mothers' responses to this query and other challenges that mothers of biracial children encounter. Organized into four chapters, the book begins with Kilson and Ladd's initial interview of one another, continues with an overview of the challenges and rewards of raising biracial children gleaned from their interviews with other mothers, presents profiles of mothers highlighting distinctive individual experiences of biracial parenting, and concludes with suggestions of positive biracial parenting strategies. This book makes a unique contribution to the growing body of literature by and about biracial Americans. Although in the past twenty years biracial Americans like Rebecca Walker, June Cross, and James McBride have written of their person experiences and scholars like Kathleen Korgen, Maria Root, and Ruth Frankenberg have explored aspects of the biracial experience, none has focused on the experiences of a heterogeneous set of black and white mothers of different generations and socioeconomic circumstances as Kilson and Ladd do.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 146 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0739132083
  • 9780739132081

About Marion Kilson

Marion Kilson is an anthropologist and the author of Claiming Place: Biracial Young Adults of the Post-Civil Rights Era (Bergin & Garvey 2000). Florence Ladd is a psychologist and won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association award for her novel, Sarah's Psalm (Scribner 1997).show more

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This timely book by Marion Kilson and Florence Ladd offers a provocative perspective on the challenges and rewards experienced by black and white mothers of biracial children. Through interviews with a diverse cross-generational group of urban and suburban mothers, the authors have identified significant social and psychological issues, various maternal child-rearing strategies, and patterns of adolescent and adult outcomes for the biracial offspring of these families. Kilson and Ladd, both social scientists and educators, also offer helpful guidelines for this growing demographic group in American society...--Jewelle Taylor Gibbs Starting with the audacious question posed to these mothers by absolute strangers, Is that your child? Marion Kilson and Florence Ladd take us on a fascinating and informative journey into the social and psychological challenges of parenting biracial children in a society still wrestling with demons left over from our racial past. The authors' careful presentation of selected socialization themes in identity development?race and gender, sometimes distinct, at other times overlapping?provide a glimpse ofparenting strategies black and white mothers have discovered necessary to minimize the effects of race-based rejection and affirm healthy development in their biracial offspring. This is an important and valuable contribution to the emerging literature on biracial family life in the post civil rights era..--Janie Victoria Wardshow more

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