The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier

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How might a multiracial concept dismantle our negative construction of race? How do we redefine 'ethnicity' when 'race' is less central to the definition? The Multiracial Experience challenges current theoretical and political conceptualizations of race using the multiracial experience of individuals as a tool for examining these and other questions. Each contribution opens with a personal sketch of the multiracial experience. Topics explored in the book include: the differences between race and ethnicity; ...
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How might a multiracial concept dismantle our negative construction of race? How do we redefine 'ethnicity' when 'race' is less central to the definition? The Multiracial Experience challenges current theoretical and political conceptualizations of race using the multiracial experience of individuals as a tool for examining these and other questions. Each contribution opens with a personal sketch of the multiracial experience. Topics explored in the book include: the differences between race and ethnicity; colour, gender and sexuality in a multiracial context; and ethnicity and its role in identity formation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803970588
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/21/1995
  • Pages: 512

Meet the Author

Maria P. P. Root, Ph.D., born in Manila, Philippines, grew up in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of California at Riverside in 1977 with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. She subsequently attended Claremont University in Claremont, California receiving her Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology in 1979. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1983 with an emphasis in minority mental health.

Dr. Root resides in Seattle, Washington where she is an independent scholar and clinical psychologist. She has been in practice for over 20 years. Her general practice focuses on adult and adolescent treatment therapy, which includes working with families and couples. Dr. Root’s working areas of knowledge are broad with emphasis on culturally competent practice, life transition issues, trauma, ethnic and racial identity, workplace stress and harassment, and disordered eating. In the early 1980s, she established a group treatment program for bulimia that grew out of her dissertation work. Subsequently, she trained other professionals to recognize and treat people with a range of disordered eating symptoms. She continues to treat people with eating disorders.

Dr. Root’s practice also includes formal psychological evaluation. She works as a consultant to several law enforcement departments. She also works as an expert witness in forensic settings performing evaluations and offering expert testimony in matters that require cultural competence and/or knowledge of racism or ethnocentrism.

Dr. Root is a trainer, educator, and public speaker on the topics of multiracial families, multiracial identity, cultural competence, trauma, work place harassment, and disordered eating. She has provided lectures and training in New Zealand, England, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States for major universities, professional organizations, grassroots community groups, and student organizations.

Dr. Root’s publications cover the areas of trauma, cultural assessment, multiracial identity, feminist therapy, and eating disorders. One of the leading authorities in the field of racial and ethnic identity, Dr. Root published the first contemporary volume on mixed race people, Racially Mixed People in America (1992). Including this book, she has edited two award-winning books on multiracial people and produced the foundational Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People. The U.S. Census referred to these texts in their deliberations that resulted in an historic ‘check more than one’ format to the race question for the 2000 census.

Dr. Root is past-President of the Washington State Psychological Association and the recipient of national and international awards from professional and community organizations.

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Table of Contents

Glossary
The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as a Significant Frontier in Race Relations
1 A Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People 3
2 Government Classification of Multiracial/Multiethnic People 15
3 The Real World 37
4 Multiracial Identity in a Color-Conscious World 49
5 Transracial Adoptions: In Whose Best Interest? 63
6 Voices From the Movement: Approaches to Multiraciality 79
7 Hidden Agendas, Identity Theories, and Multiracial People 101
8 Black and White Identity in the New Millennium: Unsevering the Ties That Bind 121
9 On Being and Not-Being Black and Jewish 140
10 An "Other" Way of Life: The Empowerment of Alterity in the Interracial Individual 152
11 LatiNegra: Mental Health Issues of African Latinas 167
12 Race as Process: Reassessing the "What Are You?" Encounters of Biracial Individuals 191
13 Piecing Together the Puzzle: Self-Concept and Group Identity in Biracial Black/White Youth 211
14 Changing Face, Changing Race: The Remaking of Race in the Japanese American and African American Communities 227
15 Without a Template: The Biracial Korean/White Experience 245
16 In the Margins of Sex and Race: Difference, Marginality, and Flexibility 263
17 UnNatural Boundaries: Mixed Race, Gender, and Sexuality 277
18 Heterosexual Alliances: The Romantic Management of Racial Identity 291
19 Ambiguous Bodies: Locating Black/White Women in Cultural Representations 305
20 Making the Invisible Visible: The Growth of Community Network Organizations 323
21 Challenging Race and Racism: A Framework for Educators 341
22 Being Different Together in the University Classroom: Multiracial Identity as Transgressive Education 359
23 Multicultural Education 380
24 2001: A Race Odyssey 395
Appendix 1: Executive Office of Management and Budget 411
Appendix 2: AMEA Proposed Revised OMB Minimum Reporting Standards with Multiracial, Multiethnic Categories 415
References 417
Index 443
About the Authors 467
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