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  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Passing refers to the act of deception in which individuals use their inherent appearance and/or learned ability in the pretense of infiltrating a socioeconomic or an ethnic population to which they do not belong but of which they are assumed to be part. Historically, the connotation is usually in reference to fair-skinned African American individuals who purposely misrepresent themselves to the public as White. Although rare, there are cases where this definition does apply to other social and ethnic ...

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