Interracial intimacies: sex, marriage, identity, and adoption, Volume 2002

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Pantheon, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 676 pages
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From the author ofNigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word and Race, Crime, and the Law—a tour de force about the controversial issue of personal interracial intimacy as it exists within ever-changing American social mores and within the rule of law. Fears of transgressive interracial relationships, informed over the centuries by ugly racial biases and fantasies, still linger in American society today. This brilliant study—ranging from plantation days to the present—explores the historical, sociological, legal, and moral issues that continue to feed and complicate that fear. In chapters filled with provocative and cleanly stated logic and enhanced by intriguing historical anecdotes, Randall Kennedy tackles such subjects as the presence of sex in racial politics and of race in sexual politics, the prominence of legal institutions in defining racial distinction and policing racial boundaries, the imagined and real pleasures that have attended interracial intimacy, and the competing arguments around interracial romance, sex, and family life throughout American history. InInterracial Intimacies, Randall Kennedy offers nothing less than a bracing, much-needed ethic of multiracial living.

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Review: Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption

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Wow. Such a thoughtful and in-depth analysis of race and love/family, especially fascinating to hear more of the legal history on race/family issues. I was surprised and challenged by his push back on ... Read full review

Review: Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption

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Despite this book's place in "could-not-finish", I was very impressed with what I read. I just have a lot of trouble with these scholarly theoretical works. I hope to come back to this book some day and read more of it, because it looks to be very good. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
One In the Age of Slavery
41
Two From Reconstruction
70
Copyright

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