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'Keeping the story alive' : is ethnic and racial dilution inevitable for multiracial people and their children?

Song, Miri, O'Neill Gutuerrez, Caitlin (2015) 'Keeping the story alive' : is ethnic and racial dilution inevitable for multiracial people and their children? The Sociological Review, 63 (3). pp. 680-698. ISSN 0038-0261. E-ISSN 1467-954X. (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12308) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:49223)

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This paper explores how multiracial parents with White partners articulate narratives of ethnic and racial ‘dilution’ and cultural loss in relation to the socialization of their children. In our broader study of how multiracial parents raise their children, we found that parents commonly spoke of concerns around dilution and generational change in relation to four key themes: the loss of cultural knowledge and diminishing practices that connected parents and their children to a minority ancestry; the embodiment of White-appearing children and the implications of this for family relationships; the use of biological or genetic discourses in relation to reduced blood quantum; and concerns amongst Black/White participants about whitening and the loss of racial consciousness. Parental understandings of dilution varied greatly; some expressed sadness at ‘inevitable’ loss; others were more philosophical about generational change; and others still proactively countered loss through strategies to connect their children to their minority heritages. We show that despite growing awareness of the social constructedness of race and an emergent cosmopolitanism among these parents, discourses of genetics, cultural lineage, and the ‘naturalness’ of race continue to hold sway amongst many multiracial parents.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1467-954X.12308
Uncontrolled keywords: mixed race, parenting, dilution, ancestry, children, whitening, identification
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Miri Song
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 10:56 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 10:59 UTC
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