Raising Biracial Children

Raising Biracial Children

AltaMira Press an Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing
November 2005
Cloth: 0-7591-0900-1 / 978-0-7591-0900-1
Paper 0-7591-0901-X / 978-0-7591-0901-8

Kerry Ann Rockquemore
University of Illinois

Tracey A. Laszloffy  

As the multiracial population in the United States continues to rise, new models for our understanding of mixed-race children and how their conception of racial identity must be developed.  A wide divide between academics who research biracial identity, and the everyday world of parents and practitioners who raise and deal with mixed-race children exists. This book aims to fill this gap by providing an extensive synthesis of the existing research in the field, as well as a model for better understanding the unique process of racial identity development for mixed-race children. Raising Biracial Children provides parents, educators, social workers, and anyone interested in multiracial issues with an accessible framework for understanding healthy mixed-race identity development and to translate those findings into practical care-giving strategies.

About the Authors
Kerry Ann Rockquemore
is associate professor of African-American studies and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is co-author of Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America. Her research focuses on racial socialization in inter-racial families and racial identity development. Tracey A. Laszloffy is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Connecticut. Prior to this she served on the faculty at Seton Hall University where she directed the masters level Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Dr. Laszloffy has published extensively in the area of race, oppression, and family therapy.

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One: Moving Beyond Tragedy: A Multidimensional Model of Mixed-Race Identity (Read the chapter here).
  • Chapter Two: Acceptance and Denial: Shifting Our Gaze from Labels to Pathways
  • Chapter Three: Racism in America: What Parents Need to Know
  • Chapter Four: Starting at Home: Families and Racial Socialization
  • Chapter Five: Beyond the Family: Community Influences on Racial Identity Development
  • Chapter Six: More than Skin Deep: Appearances and Mixed-Race Identity
  • Chapter Seven: Just between Sisters: The Intersection of Race and Gender in the Lives of Mixed-Race Girls
  • Chapter Eight: Multiracialism in America: Reflections and New Directions
  • Appendix A: Multiracial Organizations
  • Appendix B: Online Resources
  • Appendix C: Research and Reading for Interracial Families
  • Appendix D: Movies and Documentaries
  • References
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