New Faces in a Changing America: Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century (Sage Masters in Modern Social Thought)

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How multiracial people identify themselves can have major consequences on their positions in their families, communities and society. Even the U.S. Census has recognized the rapidly increasing numbers of those who consider themselves multiracial, adding a new racial category to the 2000 Census form: two or more races.

New Faces in a Changing America: Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century examines the multiracial experience, its history and the political issues and consequences surrounding biracial and multiracial identity, bringing together top names in the field to give readers cutting edge views and insights gained from contemporary research.

This important new text follows the trail blazed by Maria Root, who contributes its opening chapter. An introduction places the issues of multiracial identity into context via a discussion of U.S. Census data and debates, providing an overview of the varied readings to come covering such topics as:

・ Race as a social, rather than biological, construction
・ The Multiracial Movement
・ Racial/Ethnic Groups in America and Beyond
・ Race, Gender and Hierarchy
・ Gang Affiliation and Self-Esteem
・ Black/White Interracial Couples and the Beliefs that Help Them to Bridge the Racial Divide

The book concludes with "The Multiracial Movement: Harmony and Discord," by co-editor Loretta Winters, an epilogue putting the readings into perspective according to three models in the multiracial identity literature: the Multiracial Movement model, the Counter Multiracial movements model and the Ethnic Movement model.

Timely and comprehensive in its range of topics, this is an important resource for many audiences: students in Ethnic Studies, Race Relations and related courses; human service professionals including psychologists, counselors, social workers and school personnel and, importantly, multiracial individuals themselves.

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Loretta I. Winters possesses a Ph.D. in Sociology and is biracial. She has co-published and presented chapters and papers with her co-editor Herman L. DeBose on ongoing research on multiracial identity at several conferences and was instrumental in locating the Multiracial Americans of Southern California′s 10th Annual Conference at California State University, Northridge, where she is a professor in the Department of Sociology. As a result of their research activities and paper presentations, Drs. Winters and DeBose have formed networks with other scholars who conduct research in the area of multiraciality and/or are politically active and supportive of multiracial people.

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