Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance

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University of Chicago Press, May 1, 2003 - Law - 271 pages
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As late as the 1960s, states could legally punish minorities who either had sex with or married persons outside of their racial groups. In this first comprehensive study of the legal regulation of interracial relationships, Rachel Moran grapples with the consequences of that history, candidly confronting its profound effects on not only conceptions of race and identity, but on ideas about sex, marriage, and family.

"A good introduction to an issue too often overlooked. . . . The writing is clear and accessible, the evidence is evocative, and the ideas are challenging."—Beth Kiyoko Jamieson, Law and Politics Book Review

"U. S. government bodies have tried to regulate interracial intimacy from the day Pocahontas married John Rolfe up through Loving v. Virginia, which found antimiscegentation laws unconstitutional in 1967. . . . The weirder anecdotes from our racial history enliven this study, which is likely to become a classic in its field."—Publishers Weekly

"Moran examines the history of U. S. regulation of cross-racial romance, considering the impact of that regulation on the autonomy of individuals and families as well as on racial identity and equality. . . . She is attuned to the nuances of race in this polyglot nation, and supplies thoughtful analysis of these nuances."—Booklist


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Insights from Interracial Intimacy
Antimiscegenation Laws and the Enforcement of Racial Boundaries
Subverting Racial Boundaries Identity Ambiguity and Interracial Intimacy
Antimiscegenation Laws and Norms of Sexual and Marital Propriety
Judicial Review of Antimiscegenation Laws The Long Road to Loving
Race and Romanticism The Persistence of SameRace Marriage after Loving
Race and the Family The Best Interest of the Child in Interracial Custody and Adoption Disputes
Race and Identity The New Multiracialism
The Lessons of Interracial Intimacy

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Rachel F. Moran is the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at the University of California School of Law, Berkeley.

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