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"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 New Faces in a Changing America 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.

Multiracial Identity: From Personal Problem to Public Issue
Multiracial identity: From personal problem to public issue
Kimberly McClainDaCostaHarvard University

Struggles over ethnic or regional identity…. are a particular case of the different struggles over classifications, struggles over the monopoly of the power to make people see and believe, to get them to know and recognize, to impose the legitimate definition of the divisions of the social world and, thereby, to make and unmake groups.

—Pierre Bourdieu (1991)

If for much of the 20th century claiming a “mixed” racial identity and having it recognized publicly was very much out of the question,1 what changed to make the public claiming of a multiracial identity very much the question in the 1990s? This chapter explores the political, organizational, and cultural factors that ...

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