Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America / Edition 2

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

France Winddance Twine
Beyond Black is a theoretically innovative and methodologically perceptive analysis of how race is understood, interpreted, and managed in the post-Civil Rights United States. Through their interdisciplinary approach, Brunsma and Rockquemore create a standout book in multiracial literature. Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America is essential reading for understanding race.
Erica Chito Childs
Brunsma and Rockquemore deliver a powerful and pioneering work that sets the standard for research on multiracial people. Beyond Black challenges the reader to confront the complexities of multiracial identity and acknowledge the larger racial picture.
Rubén G. Rumbaut
To anyone pondering what boxes to check when the census arrives on their doorstep, Beyond Black offers a provocative analysis of the meaning of "race" in the United States, the social construction of racial categories and biracial identities, and the complex contexts that shape them. Deeply considered and well researched, Beyond Black is recommended reading for students, scholars and policymakers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742560550
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/9/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Tables and Figures Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgements Chapter 4 Foreword Chapter 5 Chapter 1: Who is Black? Flux and Change in American Racial Identity Chapter 6 Chapter 2: Biracial Identity Research: Past and Present Chapter 7 Chapter 3: What it Means to be Mixed-Race in Post-Civil Rights America Chapter 8 Chapter 4 : Sociological Factors Influencing Biracial Identity Chapter 9 Chapter 5: The Color Complex: Appearances and Multiracial Identity Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Who is Black Today and Who Will be Black Tomorrow? Chapter 11 Endnotes Chapter 12 Appendices Chapter 13 References Chapter 14 Index

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