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

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“Making Multiracials is an absorbing book, replete with intriguing insights and engaging accounts. Addressing a topic of profound social, political, and cultural importance, Kimberly DaCosta skillfully brings into focus the world of multiracial activists and the challenges and anxieties that surface in multiracial families.”—William Julius Wilson,
Harvard University
“Kimberly DaCosta's brilliant analysis of the multiracial movement should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the nature of race in 21st century America. DaCosta is an expert guide to the frontiers of American identity and to the increasingly complex and evolving American racial order. A groundbreaking book.”
—Mary C. Waters, author of Black Identities and Ethnic Options
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"While Making Multiracials documents the emergence of the so-called multiracial movement in the US, this book will have significant resonance for the many other increasingly multiethnic and 'mixed' societies in Britain and Western Europe, in which interracial dating and partnering is increasingly common."—Miri Song, Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Making Multiracials provides a compelling and convincing analysis of not only multiracialism, but the larger racial politics. The strength of the work lies in DaCosta's multilayered critique of the ways in which multiracialism is constructed. . . By blending theory, empirical examination, and strong analysis, Making Multiracials offers a nuanced context for understanding the roles that individuals, communities, and policies play in perpetuating and potentially combating racial inequality."—Erica Chito Childs, American Journal of Sociology

"DaCosta describes in great detail the cultural, institutional (family), and political factors that motivate mixed-race people in the US to organize collectively and challenge the official classification of mixed people... The stories are diverse, yet all point to an existential component in which mixed people have conflicts over class, sexuality, education, and family history... This book is timely for all who are interested in race relations. Highly recommended."—CHOICE

"Making Multiracials is an absorbing book, replete with intriguing insights and engaging accounts. Addressing a topic of profound social, political, and cultural importance, Kimberly DaCosta skillfully brings into focus the world of multiracial activists and the challenges and anxieties that surface in multiracial families."—William Julius Wilson,Harvard University

"Kimberly DaCosta's brilliant analysis of the multiracial movement should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the nature of race in 21st century America. DaCosta is an expert guide to the frontiers of American identity and to the increasingly complex and evolving American racial order. A groundbreaking book."—Mary C. Waters, author of Black Identities and Ethnic Options

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804755467
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Kimberly McClain DaCosta is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    Timely, well-researched

    The discussion of race has changed since the 70s and 80s -- but no one has explained how as clearly as Ms. DaCosta does in Making Multiracials. This book is an engaging perspective of how and why we need to advance our thinking about race and its impact on individuals and society as a whole.

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