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Using both in-depth interviews and survey data, the authors document how Biracial people develop a number of different racial identities and how these self-understandings are rooted in intriguing social, psychological, and cultural processes. The findings from this groundbreaking study provide a new and complex empirical foundation for future debates about the efficacy of multiracialism and the future of racial categorization in America.
PART ONE: WHO IS BLACK? FLUX AND CHANGE IN AMERICAN RACIAL IDENTITY
The Beginnings of Miscegenation
Slavery and the One-Drop Rule
Jim Crow and the Protection of White Womanhood
The One-Drop Rule and Civil Rights
Mixed-Race People in the Post Civil Rights Era
Cultural Norms and Support of Racial Stratification
Assimilation versus Egalitarian Pluralism
PART TWO: BIRACIAL IDENTITY RESEARCH: PAST AND PRESENT
Definitions of 'Biracial Identity'
Theoretical Frameworks for the Study of Biracial Identity
Patterns and Limitations
WHAT DOES 'BIRACIAL IDENTITY' MEAN?
Theoretical Framework of Identity Formation
PART FOUR: SOCIALIZATION AND BIRACIAL IDENTITY
Choosing Between and Among Identity Options
Factors Influencing Racial Identity Choice
A Border Identity
PART FIVE: THE COLOR COMPLEX: APPEARANCES AND BIRACIAL IDENTITY
Research on Phenotype and Racial Identity
The Situated Self
Stone and Appearance
Expanding the Appearance-Identity Model
Sample Variation in Appearances
The Relationship Between Phenotype, Appearance and Racial Identity Among Biracial Individuals
How Do Appearances Influence the Development of Differential Understandings of Biracial Identity?
Phenotype and Appearance in Racial Identification Under Differing Contextual Experiences of Race
PART SIX: WHO IS BLACK TODAY AND WHO WILL BE BLACK TOMORROW?
Who Is Black Today?
Who Will Be Black Tomorrow?
Who Will Be Black in 2010?