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On Being Mixed

Linda Martín Alcoff

in Visible Identities

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195137347
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195137345.003.0012

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 							On Being Mixed

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This chapter explores the metaphysics and politics of being mixed, as well as the conditions (metaphysical, historical, etc.) under which being mixed creates an identity problem in the first place. It considers various proposed solutions to the problem, including assimilationism and nomadic subjectivity. It concludes with a description, assessment, and political analysis of the two main metaphysical options for conceptualizing mixed identity. The primary focus will remain on mixed racial identity, but race is mediated by ethnic and cultural identities in such a way that these cannot always be neatly disentangled.

Keywords: mixed racial identity; social identity; ethnicity; assimilationism; nomadic subjectivity

Chapter.  11286 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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