Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Psychology - 193 pages
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Beyond Black is a groundbreaking study of the dynamic meaning of racial identity for multiracial people in post-Civil Rights America. Kerry Ann Rockquemore and David Brunsma document the wide range of racial identities that individuals with one Black and one White parent develop, and they provide a incisive sociological explanation of the choices facing those who are multiracial. Stemming from the controversy of the 2000 Census and whether an additional 'multiracial' category should be added to the survey, this second edition of Beyond Black uses both survey data and interviews of multiracial young adults to explore the contemporary dynamics of racial identity formation. The authors raise even larger social and political questions posed by expanding racial categorization on the U.S. Census.
 

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Contents

Who Is Black? Flux and Change in American Racial Identity
1
Biracial Identity Research Past and Present
17
What Does It Mean to Be MixedRace in PostCivil Rights America?
35
Sociological Factors Influencing Biracial Identity
53
The Color Complex Appearances and Multiracial Identity
75
Who Is Black Today and Who Will Be Black Tomorrow?
103
Notes
119
Written Consent Form Phase One Indepth Interviews
139
Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People
149
Demographic Questionnaire
151
Solicitation Letter Phase Two Mail Survey
153
The Survey of Biracial Experience revised in 2001
155
Written Consent Form Phase Three Indepth Interviews
173
References
175
Index
187
About the Authors
193

Interview Schedule revised in 2002
141

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore is associate professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and coauthor of Raising Biracial Children. David L. Brunsma is associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and coeditor of The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe.

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