Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line

Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line

by Kimberly DaCosta
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804755469

ISBN-13: 9780804755467

Pub. Date: 03/14/2007

Publisher: Stanford University Press

When in 1997 golfer Tiger Woods described his racial identity on Oprah as "cablinasian," it struck many as idiosyncratic. But by 2003, a New York Times article declared the arrival of "Generation E.A."—the ethnically ambiguous. Multiracial had become a recognizable social category for a large group of Americans.

Making Multiracials tells

Overview

When in 1997 golfer Tiger Woods described his racial identity on Oprah as "cablinasian," it struck many as idiosyncratic. But by 2003, a New York Times article declared the arrival of "Generation E.A."—the ethnically ambiguous. Multiracial had become a recognizable social category for a large group of Americans.

Making Multiracials tells the story of the social movement that emerged around mixed race identity in the 1990s. Organizations for interracial families and mixed race people—groups once loosely organized and only partially aware of each other—proliferated. What was once ignored, treated as taboo, or just thought not to exist quickly became part of the cultural mainstream.

How did this category of people come together? Why did the movement develop when it did? What is it about "being mixed" that constitutes a compelling basis for activism? Drawing on extensive interviews and fieldwork, the author answers these questions to show how multiracials have been "made" through state policy, family organizations, and market forces.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804755467
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Tables, Figures, and Photos     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Making of a Category     21
Becoming a Multiracial Entrepreneur: Four Stories     47
Making Multiracial Families     86
Creating Multiracial Identity and Community     125
Consuming Multiracials     154
Redrawing the Color Line?: The Problems and Possibilities of Multiracial Families and Group Making     173
List of Respondents     193
Methodology     196
Situating Multiracial Group Making in the Literature on Social Movements, Race, and the Work of Pierre Bourdieu     207
Notes     217
Bibliography     231
Index     251

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