Racially Mixed People in America

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Maria P. P. Root
Sage Publications, Feb 3, 1992 - Social Science - 387 pages

Recipient of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States 1993 Outstanding Book Award

America has been the breeding ground of a "biracial baby boom" for the past 25 years. Unfortunately, there has been a dearth of information regarding how racially mixed people identify and view themselves and how they relate to one another. Racially Mixed People in America steadily bridges this gap and offers a comprehensive look at the social and psychological adjustment of mixed-race people, models for identity development, contemporary immigration and marriage patterns, and methodological issues involved in conducting research with mixed-race people, all in the context of America's mixed race past and present. Including contributions by ethnohistorians, psychologists, and sociologists, this powerful volume will provide the reader a tool for examining ideologies surrounding race, race relations, and the role of social science in the deconstruction of race. Racially Mixed People in America is essential reading for researchers and practitioners in cross-cultural studies, psychology, family studies, sociology, and social work.

"Racially Mixed People in America is not just a ''feel good'' affirmation of mixed race people. It offers explanations of ''how possibly'' the constructed notions of race operate in our society through an examination of mixed race people from the ''margins'' of psychological and sociological studies to the center of race relation's discourse. This, perhaps, is its greatest contribution."  

--Amerasia Journal

"A compendium of articles on the experiences and identities of racially mixed people, [it] takes a scholarly approach to understanding the issues of racial identity. It is a book we highly recommend for an overview of the psychological implications of the personal conflicts inherent in multiracial identity."  

--Minority Markets Alert

"Maria P. P. Root and her coauthors have performed a service to society in general and to biracial/multiracial people and families in particular. By dispelling myths and showing the biracial/multiracial experience to be a healthy, normal one, the book will help demolish barriers of fear and ignorance and will, hopefully, enable all of us to banish the lingering miasma of obsolete concepts."  

--Joe Cunningham, The Interracial Club Newsletter

"An especially timely and well-documented book. Recommended to mental health professionals who wish to heighten their sensitivity in working with racially mixed people."  

--Readings: A Journal of Review and Commentary in Mental Health

Racially Mixed People in America is an important book, effectively presenting a comprehensive, multidisciplinary examination by ethnohistorians, psychologists and sociologists of America's multiracial past and present.

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Root is a clinical psychologist and President-elect of the Washington State Psychological Association.

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