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Multiracial Identities

Maria Root, considered a pioneer in the study of multiracial people, wrote, ?The topic of racially mixed persons provides us with a vehicle for examining ideologies surrounding race, race relations and the role of social sciences in the deconstruction of race.? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a developmental psychologist and expert on racial identity formation, observed that the process of multiracial identity formation is potentially fraught with challenges that are personal, societal and environmental. This course examines what people of mixed-race descent write and say about their own identity development in the context of the ideologies of race extant in the United States. Affiliate department: African American Studies.