Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States by Natalie MasuokaMultiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States by Natalie Masuoka

Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States

byNatalie Masuoka

Paperback | October 11, 2017

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While pundits point to multiracial Americans as new evidence of a harmonious ethnic melting pot, in reality mixed race peoples have long existed in the United States. Rather than characterize multiracial Americans as a "new" population, this book argues that instead we should view them asindividuals who reflect a new culture of racial identification. Today, identities such as "biracial" or "swirlies" are evoked alongside those more established racial categories of white, black Asian and Latino. What is significant about multiracial identities is that they communicate an alternativeviewpoint about race: that a person's preferred self-identification should be used to define a person's race. Yet this definition of race is a distinct contrast to historic norms which has defined race as a category assigned to a person based on certain social rules which emphasized things likephenotype, being "one-drop" of African blood or heritage. In Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States, Natalie Masuoka catalogues how this cultural shift from assigning race to perceiving race as a product of personal identification came about by tracing events over the course of the twentieth century. Masuoka uses a variety of sourcesincluding in-depth interviews, public opinion surveys and census data to understand how certain individuals embrace the agency of self-identification and choose to assert multiracial identities. At the same time, the book shows that the meaning and consequences of multiracial identification can onlybe understood when contrasted against those who identify as white, black Asian or Latino. An included case study on President Barack Obama also shows how multiracial identity narratives can be strategically used to reduce anti-black bias among voters. Therefore, rather than looking at multiracialAmericans as a harbinger of dramatic change for American race relations, this Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States shows that narratives promoting multiracial identities are in direct dialogue with, rather than in replacement of, the longstanding racial order.
Natalie Masuoka is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. Her research has sought to unveil the ways in which race continues to recreate political inequality in the United States, focusing on the racial differences in political behavior and attitudes. Her first book, The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinio...
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Title:Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United StatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190657472

ISBN - 13:9780190657475

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