Challenging Multiracial Identity

Challenging Multiracial Identity

Lynne Rienner Publishers
135 pages
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-58826-424-4

Rainier Spencer, Director and Professor of Afro-American Studies; Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

What is multiracialism—and what are the theoretical consequences and practical costs of asserting a multiracial identity? Arguing that the multiracial movement bolsters, rather than subverts, traditional categories of race, Rainier Spencer critically assesses current scholarship in support of multiracial identity.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Expecting Excellence in the Field of Multiracial Identity Studies
  • Projection as Reality: Three Authors, Three Studies, One Problem
  • Psychobabble, Socioblather, and the Reinscription of the Pathology Paradigm
  • White Mothers, the Loving Legend, and Manufacturing a Biracial Baby Boom
  • Distinction Without Difference: The Insidious Argument for First-Generation Black/White Multiracial Identity
  • The Road Forward
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