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Cultural Constructions of IdentityMeta-Ethnography and Theory$
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Luis Urrieta and George W. Noblit

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190676087.001.0001

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Multiracial Youth Identity Meta-Ethnography

Multiracial Youth Identity Meta-Ethnography

Moving from Themes of Fluidity, Exclusion, and Space to Uncovering Paradigmatic Impact and the Dangers of Whiteblindness

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Cultural Constructions of Identity

Silvia C. Bettez

Aurora Chang

Kathleen E. Edwards

Oxford University Press

“Multiracial Youth Identity Meta-Ethnography” describes the findings from a meta-ethnography of research accounts about Multiracial identity development in young adults. This chapter examines eight purposefully selected studies about Multiracial identity uncovering how identity theories are being deployed in qualitative studies of mixed-race youth and what is revealed in the collective that may be obscured when each study is independently evaluated. These themes came to the fore: (a) fluid identities, (b) isolation from “monoracial” individuals and communities, and (c) the importance of place/space for Multiracial people. The analysis also revealed (a) a lack of attendance to intersectionality in both participants’ identities and authors’ positionalities and (b) the absence of attention to Whiteness and White supremacy in discussing Multiraciality, a discursive strategy the authors call Whiteblindness. This meta-ethnography revealed that researchers’ paradigmatic perspectives and theoretical frameworks impact the framing of problems and solutions related to understanding and working with Multiracial youth.

Keywords:   meta-ethnography, multiracial, mixed race, youth, whiteness, identity, qualitative, whiteblindness, intersectionality

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