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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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Multiracial and Beyond

Multiracial and Beyond

Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century

(p.169) Conclusion Multiracial and Beyond
Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States

Natalie Masuoka

Oxford University Press

This conclusion discusses the lessons generated by the conceptual framework and empirical findings presented in this book. The chapter first offers a review of the main findings and discusses how these findings suggest a new process of racial formation in the twenty-first century. In particular, it emphasizes that even with increased opportunities to express one’s preferred racial identity, Americans continue to be constrained by the historic racial order. The second section of the chapter offers a discussion of how the theory of identity choice can be applied to other identities beyond multiracial identities, such as Latino and transgender identities. There are institutional opportunities that allow greater identity flexibility for Latinos while the transgender identity movement also appears to embrace a worldview that individuals should have greater agency in how to define their identity. It concludes with a discussion about the future trajectory of American race relations.

Keywords:   racial identity, race relations, racial formation, Latino, transgender, gender identity

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