Multiracial Americans and Social Class: The Influence of Social Class on Racial Identity

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Kathleen Odell Korgen
Taylor & Francis, Apr 27, 2010 - Social Science - 230 pages
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As the racial hierarchy shifts and inequality between Americans widens, it is important to understand the impact of social class on the rapidly growing multiracial population. Multiracial Americans and Social Class is the first book on multiracial Americans to do so and fills a noticeable void in a growing market.

In this book, noted scholars examine the impact of social class on the racial identity of multiracial Americans, in highly readable essays, from a range of sociological perspectives. In doing so, they answer the following questions: Who is multiracial? How does class influence racial identity? How does social class status vary among multiracial populations? Do you need to be middle class in order to be an "honorary white"? What is the relationship between social class, culture, and race? How does the influence of social class compare across multiracial backgrounds? What are multiracial Americans' explanations for racial inequality in the United States?

Multiracial Americans and Social Class is a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, and academics in the fields of sociology, race and ethnic studies, social stratification, race relations, and cultural studies.

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About the author (2010)

Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. She is the author of Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships between Black and White Americans (2002) and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity among Americans (1998, 1999). She is also the co-author and editor of The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (2010) and Contemporary Readings in Sociology (2008).

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