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Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States$
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Natalie Masuoka

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190657468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190657468.001.0001

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Declaring Race

Declaring Race

Understanding the Opportunities to Self-Identify as Multiracial

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Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States

Natalie Masuoka

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an analysis of public opinion and census data to demonstrate the opportunities in, and constraints on, identifying as multiracial. It outlines a new approach to interpreting empirical data on race, the identity choice approach, and offers an example of how to apply this approach to data on multiracial identification. It examines the relationship, first, between being the child of an interracial couple and the belief that one is of mixed race, and, second, between multiracial identification and the belief that one is of mixed race. The chapter ends by presenting and interpreting census data on the two-or-more-races population in the United States.

Keywords:   racial identity, interracial couple, census, two-or-more-races population, multiracial, mixed race

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