You are here

New Faces in a Changing America
Share

New Faces in a Changing America
Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century

Edited by:
  • Loretta I. Winters - California State University, Northridge, California
  • Herman L. DeBose - California State University, Northridge, California, California State University, Northridge, USA

November 2002 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"New Faces in a Changing America is a comprehensive, penetrating, authoritative, and provocative examination of what it means to be multiracial in this country. With contributions by the leading thinkers, activists, and researchers on the subject, it admirably links theory and the powerful lived experiences of mixed-race people. This book will be the most important reference source on the subject for many years."

-- James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge

 "Not since the work of Root has there been as important of an anthology as New Faces in a Changing America. This book explores the reality of multiracial people from a variety of theoretical and conceptual perspectives. It is a must read for anybody who want to understand the multiracial movement and the multiracial people who lead that movement. Any teacher who wants to introduce the concept of "multiraciality" to his/her class must also have this book. Winters and Debose are to be commended for putting together this first-rate academic examination of an important social phenomenon."

-- George Yancey, University of North Texas

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 & 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.


 
Forward
Herman L. DeBose
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I: RACE AS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION
Maria P. P. Root
1. Five Mixed Race Identities: From Relic to Revolution
Mary Thierry Texeira
2. The New Multiracialism: An Affirmation or an End to Race as we Know It?
 
PART II: THE MULTIRACIAL MOVEMENT
Ann Morning
3. New Faces, Old Faces: Counting the Multiracial Population
Kimberly McClain DaCosta
4. Multiracial Identity: From Personal Problem to Public Issue
Kim M. Williams
5. From Civil Rights to the Multiracial Movement
Rainier Spencer
6. Census 2000: Assessments in Significance
Nancy G. Brown & Ramona E. Douglas
7. Evolution of Multiracial Organizations: Where We Have Been & Where We Are Going
 
PART III: RACIAL/ETHNIC GROUPS IN AMERICA & BEYOND
Herman L. DeBose & Loretta L. Winters
8. The Dilemma of Biracial People of African American Descent
Teresa Williams-Leon
9. Check All That Apply: Trends & Perspectives Among Asian Descent Multiracials
Gregory Velazco y Trianosky
10. Beyond Mestizaje: The Future of Race in America
Karren Baird-Olson
11. Colonization, Cultural Imperialism, and the Social Construction of American Indian Mixed Blood Identity
Laura Desfor Edles
12. "Race," "Ethnicity," and "Culture" in Hawai'i: The Myth of the "Model Minority" State
G. Reginald Daniel
13. Multiracial Identity in Global Perspective: The United States, Brazil, and South Africa
 
PART IV: RACE, GENDER & HIERARCHY
Paul Spickard
14. Does Multiraciality Lighten? Me-too Ethnicity & the Whiteness Trap
Caroline A. Streeter
15. The Hazards of Visibility: "Biracial Women," Media Images, and Narratives of Identity
Darby Li Po Price
16. Masculine Multiracial Comedians
 
PART V: SPECIAL TOPICS
Patricia O'Donnell Brummett & Loretta I. Winters
17. Gang Affiliation & Self-Esteem: The Effects of a Mixed Heritage Identity
Kristyan M. Kouri
18. Black/White Interracial Couples & the Beliefs That Help Them to Bridge the Racial Divide
Loretta I. Winters
Epilogue: The Multiracial Movement: Harmony & Discord
 
Index
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
Key features
  •  Contributions by top names in the field give readers cutting edge views and research.
  • An introduction places the issue of multiracial identity into context via a discussion of U.S. Census data and debates and provides an overview of the varied readings to come.
  • An epilogue puts the readings into perspective according to three models in the multiracial identity literature: the Multiracial Movement model, the Counter Multiracial Movement model, and the Ethnic Movement model.

Preview this book

For instructors

Review and Desk copies for this title are available digitally via VitalSource.

Request e-review copy

If you require a print review copy, please call: (800) 818-7243 ext. 6140 or email textsales@sagepub.com.

Select a Purchasing Option


Paperback
ISBN: 9780761923008
$88.00

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.