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Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States

Natalie Masuoka


This book highlights a new cultural norm to racially self-identify as “multiracial” and offers evidence on the possible political implications of this racial identity. It first catalogues a cultural shift from assigning race to perceiving race as a product of personal identification by tracing events over the course of the twentieth century. Chapters then present evidence from a variety of sources including 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. An i ... More

Keywords: race, identity, multiracial, politics, public opinion, census, intergroup relations, ethnicity, demography, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190657468
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190657468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natalie Masuoka, author
Professor of Political Science, Tufts University