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Multiracial America

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Multiracial America addresses a growing interest in interracial people and relationships in America. Over the past decade, there have been numerous books and articles written on interracial issues. Despite the rampant growth in publishing, locating these often-scattered and inaccessible materials remains a challenge. This resource guide provides easy access to the available literature. Topical chapters on the most often researched themes are included, such as core historical literature, books for children and ...

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Overview

Multiracial America addresses a growing interest in interracial people and relationships in America. Over the past decade, there have been numerous books and articles written on interracial issues. Despite the rampant growth in publishing, locating these often-scattered and inaccessible materials remains a challenge. This resource guide provides easy access to the available literature. Topical chapters on the most often researched themes are included, such as core historical literature, books for children and young adults, hot-button issues (passing, identification, appearance, fitting in, and blood quantification), interracial dating and marriage, families, adoption, and issues pertaining to race and queer sexuality. Each chapter includes a brief discussion of the literature on the topic, including historical context and comments on the breadth and depth of the available literature, and followed by annotations of books, popular and scholarly journals, magazines, and newspaper articles, videos/films, and websites. Other useful sections include a chapter on the depiction of interracial relationships in film, teaching an interracial issues course, and how to search for materials given changing terminology and classification issues. Indexes by race and non-print media are included.

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Editorial Reviews

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This annotated bibliography fills a gap in reference resources...This book does a fine job of fostering awareness of the diversity of resources available: scholarly research and personal accounts, juvenile and adult fiction, a chapter on TV and film, and even a chapter on teaching methods....The chapter on interracial homosexuality is perhaps the most provocative in an already contentious subject area....This book will be most useful for social workers, literature students, and social scientists. Recommended.
American Reference Books Annual
This book is the first attempt to systematically categorize this growing body of scholarship....this literature review is...substantial.
Reference and Research Book News
Downing, Nichols, and Webster (all library specialists from the U. of Michigan) offer a compilation of books, articles, websites, documentaries, films, and videos to help researchers more easily locate information on interracial issues. The annotated listings are thematically grouped into chapters on “hot button” issues, core historical literature, politics, dating and marriage, families, adoption, books for children and young adults, identity development, race and queer sexuality, and American motion pictures. The text also includes general information on teaching an interracial issues course, a sample full syllabus and reading list of a course on interracial issues taught by a sociology professor at the U. of Michigan, library research aids, and a glossary of terms.
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This annotated bibliography fills a gap in reference resources...This book does a fine job of fostering awareness of the diversity of resources available: scholarly research and personal accounts, juvenile and adult fiction, a chapter on TV and film, and even a chapter on teaching methods....The chapter on interracial homosexuality is perhaps the most provocative in an already contentious subject area....This book will be most useful for social workers, literature students, and social scientists. Recommended.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This book is the first attempt to systematically categorize this growing body of scholarship....this literature review is...substantial.
D. Jane Miller
This collection of fourteen essays explores personal, family, and social aspects of inter-race relations....Possible recommendation for professional collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810851993
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Downing is Foundation and Grants Librarian at Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan. She is an active researcher, presenter, and writer on topics relating to race and interracial issues.Darlene Nichols is Psychology Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction at Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan. She brings 16 years of reference work as a researcher looking for information for personal and family use to this project. Kelly Webster is Associate Librarian, Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan and brings extensive knowledge of the organization and classification of multicultural resources.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Accessing the Literature Chapter 4 2 Teaching an Interracial Issues Course Chapter 5 3 Hot Button Issues Chapter 6 4 Core Historical Literature Chapter 7 5 The Politics of Being Interracial Chapter 8 6 Interracial Dating and Marriage Chapter 9 7 Interracial Families Chapter 10 8 Transracial Adoption Chapter 11 9 Books for Children and Young Adults Chapter 12 10 Multiracial Identity Development Chapter 13 11 The Intersection of Race and Queer Sexuality Chapter 14 12 Representations of Interracial Relationships and Multiracial Identity on the American Screen Part 15 Appendix I. Subject Heading/Descriptor Vocabularly to Assist in Searching Part 16 Appendix II. Definitions of Terms Used in Interracial Literature Part 17 Appendix III. Sociology 412 — Ethnic Identity and Intergroup Relations Syllabus Part 18 Appendix IV. OMB Directive 15 Part 19 Appendix V. Resources by Race Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Contributors

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