9780803972599

Multiracial Couples Vol. 1 : Black and White Voices

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    9780803972599

  • ISBN10:

    0803972598

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-06-27
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Summary

The problems of mixed race families in a racist society are fully explored in this qualitative, narrative study. Interviews with 21 biracial couples offer deep insights into their relationships and how they perceive society has viewed their marriages. The interviewers, a biracial couple themselves, ask their subjects such questions as how their churches, families, friends and community treat them and their partners. They also examine the interactions between spouses in biracial marriages and relationships between these couples and their parents and children.

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introduction xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Racial Bias and Interracial Relationships
1(11)
Black-White Interracial Couples in America's Past and Present
5(1)
The Focus of This Book
6(1)
Avoiding Biased Writing in a Bias-Filled Society
7(2)
How People Defined Themselves
9(3)
How the Research Was Done
12(12)
What Was Asked
12(2)
Who Was Interviewed
14(3)
Ethical Issues
17(5)
Validity Issues
22(2)
Feeling Ordinary in a Relationship Others See as Unusual
24(16)
Most Couples Saw Their Relationship as Ordinary
24(14)
Summary and Conclusions
38(2)
In the Beginning
40(22)
Family and Community Values of Racial Tolerance
41(4)
Whites Who Grew Up Knowing No African Americans
45(1)
Mixed-Relationship Precedents in Family and Community
46(3)
African American Pioneers
49(1)
Hunger for Diversity
49(1)
The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War Protest
50(1)
Feeling Secure, Confident, and Autonomous
51(6)
Whites Learning the Consequences of Their Own Prejudice
57(1)
We Two Are Similar
58(1)
The Chemistry of Relationships That Cannot Be
59(1)
Conclusion
60(2)
The White Partner's Family
62(38)
White Family Members Who Supported From the Beginning
62(3)
Opposition in Most White Families
65(4)
Opposition Even to an Uncommitted Relationship
69(2)
Opposition From Family Members Who Had Seemed Tolerant
71(1)
When Family Reactions Are Diverse
71(1)
The Language of White Opposition
72(5)
The African American Partner's Reactions to White Family Opposition
77(3)
Opposition Out of Loyalty to or Fear of Another Family Member
80(1)
The White Partner's Reactions to Family Opposition
81(3)
Does Family Opposition work?
84(2)
Reconciliation
86(11)
Summary and Conclusions
97(3)
The African American Partner's Family
100(20)
Families in Which All Close Relatives Were Supportive
100(5)
Families Too Distant to Be Accepting or Opposed
105(2)
Opposition in Black Families
107(5)
Veiled Opposition
112(2)
Continuing Reserve About Matters Related to Race
114(1)
Reconciliation Processes
114(2)
Children From Previous Relationships
116(2)
Summary and Conclusions
118(2)
Societal Racism
120(39)
Disapproval of Interracial Relationships
120(5)
Casual Encounters in Public
125(11)
Racism in the Workplace
136(2)
Attacks
138(2)
Institutional Racism
140(8)
Reactions in the Black Community
148(8)
Conclusion
156(3)
Defending Against Racism
159(19)
Onstage to Society
161(2)
Going Through Life Feeling Suspicious
163(1)
Defensive Tactics
164(12)
Summary and Conclusions
176(2)
Identity
178(15)
The African American Partner's Identity
179(9)
The White Partner's Identity
188(3)
Summary and Conclusions
191(2)
Children
193(22)
Biracial Children and White Grandparents
194(1)
Advantages to a Child's Being Biracial
195(1)
Bringing Up a Biracial Child in a Racist Society
196(14)
When Siblings Differ in Skin Color
210(3)
Children Forced to Decide Whether They Are Black or White
213(1)
Summary and Conclusions
213(2)
Learning From Each Other
215(14)
White Partners Learn About Racism Through Their Partnership
217(9)
What White Partners Teach African American Partners
226(1)
Summary and Conclusions
227(2)
Race in the Couple Relationship
229(21)
Words Said in Anger, Conflict, Teasing, or Sarcasm
229(4)
Responses to Racism Around Them
233(8)
One's Own Biases of Thought and Feeling
241(3)
Interpretative Challenges for Interracial Couples
244(4)
Summary and Conclusions
248(2)
The Special Blessings
250(13)
Blessings That Might Be Present in Any Relationship
251(4)
Blessings Present Because the Relationship Is Interracial
255(7)
Summary and Conclusions
262(1)
Finding Support
263(14)
Separating Supportive People From Those Who Are Not
264(3)
Supportive Family, Friends, and Institutions
267(8)
Summary and Conclusions
275(2)
No More Racism!
277(19)
What Would the Couples Like to See Happen?
280(3)
How to End Racism
283(5)
Not Everyone Wants the Job of Reforming Others
288(2)
Changed Attitudes Toward Interracial Couples
290(2)
Summary and Conclusions
292(4)
References 296(3)
Index 299(5)
About the Authors 304

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