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What Constitutes Intermarriage for Multiracial People in Britain?

Song, Miri (2015) What Constitutes Intermarriage for Multiracial People in Britain? The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 662 (1). pp. 94-111. ISSN 0002-7162. E-ISSN 1552-3349. (doi:10.1177/0002716215595387) (KAR id:53985)

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Intermarriage is of great interest to analysts because a group’s tendency to partner across ethnic boundaries is usually seen as a key indicator of the social distance between groups in a multiethnic society. Theories of intermarriage as a key indicator of integration are, however, typically premised upon the union of white and nonwhite individuals, and we know very little about what happens in the unions of multiracial people, who are the children of intermarried couples. What constitutes intermarriage for multiracial people? Do multiracial individuals think that ethnic or racial ancestries are a defining aspect of their relationships with their partners? In this article, I argue that there are no conventions for how we characterize endogamous or exogamous relationships for multiracial people. I then draw on examples of how multiracial people and their partners in Britain regard their relationships with their partners and the significance of their and their partners’ ethnic and racial backgrounds. I argue that partners’ specific ancestries do not necessarily predict the ways in which multiracial individuals regard their partners’ ethnic and racial backgrounds as constituting difference or commonality within their relationships.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0002716215595387
Projects: Multiracial Parents' Classifications of their Children
Uncontrolled keywords: intermarriage, multiracial people, relationships, partners, ancestry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
Depositing User: Miri Song
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 13:26 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:44 UTC
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