Rethinking 'Mixed Race'

Rethinking 'Mixed Race'

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One of the fastest growing ethnic populations in many Western societies is that of people of mixed descent. However, when talking about multicultural societies or `mixed race', the discussion usually focuses on people of black and white heritage. The contributors to this collection rectify this with a broad and pluralistic approach to the experiences of 'mixed race' people in Britain and the USA.

The contributors argue that people of mixed descent reveal the arbitrary and contested logic of categorisation underpinning racial divisions. Falling outside the prevailing definitions of racialised identities, their histories and experiences illuminate the complexities of identity formation in the contemporary multicultural context. The authors examine a range of issues. These include gender; transracial and intercountry adoptions in Britain and the US; interracial partnering and marriage; `mixed race' and family in the English-African diaspora; theorising of `mixed race' that transcends the black/white binary and includes explorations of 'mixtures' among non-white minority groups; and the social and political evolution of multiracial panethnicity.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745315674
  • 9780745315676
  • 2,313,523

Table of contents

Introduction: Rethinking `Mixed Race' David Parker and Miri Song

1. How Sociology Imagined Mixed Race

Frank Furedi

2. Re-Membering `Race': On Gender, `Mixed Race', and Family in the English-African Diaspora

Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe

3. Same Difference: Towards a More Unified Discourse in Mixed Race Theory

Minelle Mahtani and April Moreno

4. The Subject is Mixed Race: The Boom in Biracial Biography

Paul Spickard

5. Triples: The Social Evolution of a Multiracial Panethnicity: An Asian American Perspective1

Laurie M. Mengel

6. Color, culture and class: interrogating inter-racial marriage and people of mixed racial descent in the United States

Stephen Small

7. `Mixed Race' In Official Statistics

Charlie Owen

8. Learning To Do Ethnic Identity: The Transracial/Transethnic Adoptive Family As Site And Context

Barbara Ballis Lal

9. "I'm A Blonde Haired Blue Eyed Black Girl": Mapping Mobile Paradoxical Spaces among Multiethnic Women in Toronto, Canada

Minelle Mahtani

Notes On Contributors

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About David Parker

David Parker is a lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology at the University of Birmingham. Miri Song is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Kent at Canterbury.
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