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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This is a pretty deep book. You will find lots of stuff that will never hit our history books. It is a good history book on race and relations in America. I wasn't crazy about the chapters on adoption ... Read full review

Interracial intimacies: sex, marriage, identity, and adoption

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This hefty study unpacks the social, legal, and literary history of black/white personal relations in America, including miscegenation, racial identity and "passing," parenting, custody, and adoption ... Read full review


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