Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America

Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America

by Kerry Ann Rockquemore, David L. Brunsma
     
 

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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

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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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742560543
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/14/2007
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.82(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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