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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.

Black/White Interracial Couples and the Beliefs that Help them to Bridge the Racial Divide
Black/White interracial couples and the beliefs that help them to bridge the racial divide
Kristyan M.KouriCalifornia State University, Northridge

This chapter examines the belief systems that serve to guide the behavior of 20 black/white interracial couples living in Los Angeles. While a variety of factors, taken together, influence interracial marriage, i examine one particular piece of this puzzle: the effect of American ideologies of equality. I argue that a person's whole-hearted adaptation of these cultural frameworks of equality play a strong role in a couple's decision to marry.

Although marriage between black and white individuals remains relatively rare, interracial marriage has slowly continued to rise. Whereas in 1990 there were only 211,000 black/white interracial ...

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