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

Stanford University Press
280 pages
3 tables, 2 figures, 4 illustrations.
Cloth ISBN-10: 0804755450; ISBN-13: 9780804755450
Paper ISBN-10: 0804755469; ISBN-13: 9780804755467

Kimberly McClain DaCosta, Associate Professor
Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

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.

Table of Contents

  • Tables, Figures and Photos
  • Acknowledgements
  • The Making of a Category
  • Becoming a Multiracial Entrepreneur: Four Stories
  • Making Multiracial Families
  • Creating Multiracial Identity and Community
  • Consuming Multiracials
  • Redrawing the Color Line?: The Problems and Possibilities of Multiracial Families and Group Making
  • Appendix A: List of Respondents
  • Appendix B: Methodology
  • Appendix C: Situating Multiracial Group Making in the Literature on Social Movements, Race, and the Work of Pierre Bourdieu
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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