Multiracial Americans and Social Class
The Influence of Social Class on Racial Identity
Edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen
Routledge – 2010 – 230 pages
Routledge – 2010 – 230 pages
As the racial hierarchy shifts and inequality between Americans widens, it is important to understand the impact of social class on the rapidly growing multiracial population. Multiracial Americans and Social Class is the first book on multiracial Americans to do so and fills a noticeable void in a growing market.
In this book, noted scholars examine the impact of social class on the racial identity of multiracial Americans, in highly readable essays, from a range of sociological perspectives. In doing so, they answer the following questions: Who is multiracial? How does class influence racial identity? How does social class status vary among multiracial populations? Do you need to be middle class in order to be an "honorary white"? What is the relationship between social class, culture, and race? How does the influence of social class compare across multiracial backgrounds? What are multiracial Americans' explanations for racial inequality in the United States?
Multiracial Americans and Social Class is a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, and academics in the fields of sociology, race and ethnic studies, social stratification, race relations, and cultural studies.
'As discussions of the racial and ethnic terrain of the United States shift once more, Kathleen Odell Korgen and her co-contributors offer rich and transformative analysis about the profound implications of multiraciality on social class as well as individual and group identity formation. Multiracial Americans and Social Class reminds us that racial identification often hinges on access to economic as well as social and cultural capital. The questions raised in this exciting new volume will not only force a re-emergence of discourse on the politics and potential pitfalls of multiracial identification, but will also challenge researchers, community members, and students to address how white supremacy remains a powerful determinant of inequality. It should be required reading for anyone who is serious about addressing socio-economic disparities, public policy, and issues of social justice. This book will become an instant classic.'- Andrew Jolivette, Associate Professor American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University US, and author of Louisiana Creoles: Cultural Recovery and Mixed Race Native American Identity
'Multiracial Americans and Social Class is evidence that multiracial studies has emerged as a field that both draws from and enriches multiple disciplines. Kathleen Korgen has assembled a smart array of foundational and newer scholars who take on the complexity of race, multiraciality, and social class in fresh ways.' - Kristen Renn, Associate Professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University US
'Research on multiraciality has increased exponentially since the groundbreaking books by Paul Spickard (1989) and Maria Root (1992, 1996). Yet this analytically penetrating collection is the first systematic examination of social class in terms of the topic. It is an invaluable addition to the ever-growing literature on multiraciality and racial/class analyses more generally.' - G. Reginald Daniel, University of California, Santa Barbara US, and author of Race and Multiraciality in Brazil and the United States: Converging Paths?
'Multiracial Americans and Social Class is a tour guide of sorts through difficult questions that have plagued research on multiracial identity, multiracial politics, and the multiracial movement… [A] theoretical scaffolding needed to understand these issues flows through this collection of cutting-edge research.' - From the Foreword by David Brunsma
Part 1: Who are Multiracial Americans? 1. Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Kathleen Odell Korgen 2. In-Between Racial Status, Mobility and Promise of Assimilation: Irish, Italians Yesterday, Latinos and Asians Today, Charles Gallagher 3. 'What's Class Got to Do with It?': Images and Discourses on Race and Class in Interracial Relationships, Erica Chito Childs 4. Social Class: Racial/Ethnic Identity, and the Psychology of Choice, Peony Fhagen-Smith 5. Stability and Change in Racial Identities of Multiracial Adolescents, Ruth Burke and Grace Kao Part 2: Culture, Class, Racial Identity, and Blame 6. Country Clubs and Hip-Hop Thugs: Examining the Role of Social Class and Culture in Shaping Racial Identity, Nikki Khanna 7. Language, Power, and the Performance of Race and Class, Benjamin Bailey 8. Black and White Movies: Crash between Class and Biracial Identity Portrayals of Black/White Biracial Individuals in Movies, Alicia Edison and George Yancey 9. 'Who is Really to Blame?' Biracial Perspectives on Inequality in America, Monique E. Marsh Part 3: Social Class, Demographic, and Cultural Characteristics 10. 'Multiracial Asian Americans', C. N. Le 11. A Group in Flux: Multiracial American Indians and the Social Construction of Race, Carolyn Liebler 12. Socioeconomic Status and Hispanic Identification in Part-Hispanic Multiracial Adolescents, Maria L. Castilla and Melissa R. HermanPart 4: Social Class, Racial Identities, and Racial Hierarchies 13. Social Class and Multiracial Groups: What Can We Learn from Large Surveys? Mary E. Campbell 14. The One-Drop Rule through a Multiracial Lens: Examining the Roles of Race and Class in Racial Classification of Children of Partially Black Parents, Jenifer Bratter 15. It's Not That Simple: Multiraciality, Models, and Social Hierarchy, Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly and Paul Spickard
Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. She is the author of Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships between Black and White Americans (2002) and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity among Americans (1998, 1999). She is also the co-author and editor of The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (2010) and Contemporary Readings in Sociology (2008).