Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America (Second Edition)

Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America (Second Edition)

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
December 2007
220 pages
Cloth ISBN: 0-7425-6054-6 / 978-0-7425-6054-3
Paper ISBN: 0-7425-6055-4 / 978-0-7425-6055-0

By Kerry Ann Rockquemore and David L. Brunsma
Foreword by Joe Feagin

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.

About the Authors
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.

Table of Contents

  • List of Tables and Figures
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword: Joe Feagin
  • Chapter 1: Who is Black? Flux and Change in American Racial Identity
  • Chapter 2: Biracial Identity Research: Past and Present
  • Chapter 3: What it Means to be Mixed-Race in Post-Civil Rights America
  • Chapter 4 : Sociological Factors Influencing Biracial Identity
  • Chapter 5: The Color Complex: Appearances and Multiracial Identity
  • Chapter 6: Who is Black Today and Who Will be Black Tomorrow?
  • Endnotes
  • Appendices
  • References
  • Index
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