1st Edition

The Boundaries of Mixedness A Global Perspective

Edited By Erica Chito Childs Copyright 2021
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Boundaries of Mixedness tackles the burgeoning field of critical mixed race studies, bringing together research that spans five continents and more than ten countries. Research on mixedness is growing, yet there is still much debate over what exactly mixed race means, and whether it is a useful term. Despite a growing focus on and celebration of mixedness globally, particularly in the media, societies around the world are grappling with how and why crossing socially constructed boundaries of race, ethnicity and other markers of difference matter when considering those who date, marry, raise families, or navigate their identities across these boundaries. What we find collectively through the ten studies in this book is that in every context there is a hierarchy of mixedness, both in terms of intimacy and identity. This hierarchy of intimacy renders certain groups as more or less marriable, socially constructed around race, ethnicity, caste, religion, skin color and/or region. Relatedly, there is also a hierarchy of identities where certain races, languages, ethnicities and religions are privileged and valued differently. These differences emerge out of particular local histories and contemporary contexts yet there are also global realities that transcend place and space.

    The Boundaries of Mixedness is a significant new contribution to mixed race studies for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociology, History and Public Policy.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies.

    1. Critical Mixed Race in Global Perspective: An Introduction

    Erica Chito Childs

    Hierarchies of Mixing: Navigations and Negotiations

    2. An Unwanted Weed: Children of Cross-region Unions Confront Intergenerational Stigma of Caste, Ethnicity and Religion

    Reena Kukreja

    3. Mixed Race Families in South Africa: Naming and Claiming a Location

    Heather Dalmage

    4. Negotiating the (Non)Negotiable: Connecting ‘Mixed-Race’ Identities to ‘Mixed-Race’ Families

    Mengxi Pang

    Hierarchies of Mixedness: Choices and Challenges

    5. Linguistic Cultural Capital Among Descendants of Mixed Couples in Catalonia, Spain: Realities and Inequalities

    Dan Rodriguez-Garcia

    6. ‘There is Nothing Wrong with Being a Mulatto': Structural Discrimination and Racialized Belonging in Denmark

    Mira Skadegaard

    7. Exceptionalism with Non-Validation: The Social Inconsistencies of Being Mixed Race in Australia

    Stephanie Guy

    Mixed Matters Through a Wider Lens

    8. Recognising Selves in Others: Situating Dougla Manoeuverability as Shared Mixed-Race Ontology

    Susan Barratt and Aleah Ranjitsingh

    9. What’s Love Got To Do With It? Emotional Authority and State Regulation of Interracial/National Couples in Ireland

    Rebecca King-O’Riain

    10. Re-viewing Race and Mixedness: Mixed Race in Asia and the Pacific

    Zarine Rocha


    Erica Chito Childs is leading qualitative researcher on issues of race, gender and sexuality, particularly in the areas of multiracialism, families, media and popular culture. She is a popular and engaging speaker and is frequently invited to lecture on multiracial issues in the United States, Australia, Britain and South Africa. Her work is regularly featured in various media outlets.