Black, White or Mixed Race?: Race and Racism in the Lives of by Ann Phoenix, Visit Amazon's Barbara Tizard Page, search

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The variety of humans in racially combined relationships has grown progressively over the past thirty years, but those humans usually believe stigmatised and unsatisfied approximately their identities. the 1st variation of Black, White or combined Race? was once a ground-breaking learn: this revised version makes use of new literature to contemplate what's referred to now approximately racialised identities and adjustments within the reputable use of 'mixed' different types. All new advancements are positioned in a old framework and within the context of updated literature on combined parentage in Britain and the united states. in keeping with study with children from quite a number social backgrounds the publication examines their attitudes to black and white humans; their identification; their cultural origins; their friendships; their reports of racism. This used to be the 1st examine to be aware of teenagers of black and white parentage and it keeps to supply particular insights into their identities. it's a worthwhile source for all these fascinated about social paintings and coverage.

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Hostility to mixed unions, an inherent part of ‘scientific racism’, became almost universal. Many scientists asserted that race mixture would lead to physical, mental and emotional deformities, or to ‘hybrid degeneration’; that is, the offspring of the mixture would inherit none of the good qualities of either parent and would die off after a few generations. Sir Francis Galton, founder of the eugenics movement, argued that the English, as an intellectually superior race, should not breed with an inferior race such as negroes because the reduction in average intelligence that would result would cause an even greater reduction in the proportion of individuals in the highest grade of intelligence (Provine, 1973: 790).

Mama, 1995). Some black children growing up with black parents are also hurt by racism (as indicated by clinical reports of black children attempting to scrub their skins white or the use of bleach cream). Yet, as Mama (1995) points out, this hurt does not necessarily lead to permanent psychological damage. Racialised identities are continuously in process rather than foreclosed, and subjectivities are too complex, dynamic and non-essential to allow easy prediction of racialised identities from snapshots of children’s lives.

Other geneticists continued to argue, as Galton had, that by ‘crossing’ with black people, whites would lose a sizeable proportion of their most intelligent people. It was not until the mid-1930s that some leading biologists, shocked by Nazi race doctrines, argued that there was no evidence to substantiate these fears, and that ‘if the alleged inferiority of half-castes really exists, it is much more likely to be the product of the unfavourable social atmosphere in which they grow up than to any effect .

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