Negotiating Social Contexts: Identities of Biracial College by Andra M. Basu

By Andra M. Basu

This ebook examines the id offerings of a gaggle of biracial university ladies and explores how those identifications relate to their offerings and structures of other social contexts. it's a qualitative research that pulls on fresh mental literature, in addition to own interviews and concentration teams with a gaggle of biracial collage ladies. The publication comprises 1) a evaluate of the proper literature bearing on biracial members, 2) a dialogue of a few of the original matters dealing with researchers who paintings with biracial populations, and three) an indepth exam of the connection among identification and various social contexts for a gaggle of biracial girls. The publication addresses matters serious to educators, counselors, coverage makers and researchers who paintings with biracial scholars, in addition to biracial participants and their households. for instance, it indicates how, for this team of biracial collage ladies, id offerings did impression their offerings and buildings of social contexts, relatively on the institution that all of them attended. but whereas identity offerings did impression their perceptions approximately their social contexts, different elements akin to social boundaries additionally encouraged them. kinfolk performed a job of their identity offerings to boot, yet siblings have been came across to be extra influential than mom and dad. furthermore, the e-book demonstrates how educators and biracial mentors had an important impression in this specific staff of biracial ladies. the consequences of those findings for fogeys, educators and destiny researchers are thought of, because the variety of biracial contributors residing within the usa maintains to develop.

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However, even she showed some ambivalence and stated: “Sometimes I feel like I should be friends with people from other races. ” Rather than lack of exposure or knowledge about one group, this woman seemed to be responding to pressure from her mother and friends in choosing to identify with one particular group. There were also a few women in the project who attempted to identify with two groups, although most felt this was a difficult identification choice to make, as it was often a problem to be accepted by both groups, and it could make a person feel split apart.

This chapter considers these choices, along with an examination of some of the factors that may limit these options. Negotiating Social Contexts: Identities of Biracial College Women, 33–44 Copyright © 2007 by Information Age Publishing All rights of reproduction in any form reserved. The original version of this chapter was previously published in K. R. Wallace (2004). Working with multiracial students: Critical perspectives on research and practice. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. 33 34 A.

Do participants think their parents influenced their identification choices? What do participants think about their siblings’ identification choices? Participants were also questioned about their experiences with discriminating comments. Specifically, they were asked if others had made discriminating comments to them about their background and how they handled it when they had these experiences. They were asked, as well, about their experiences with the “what are you” question in their social contexts.

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