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A different kind of blackness: the question of Obama's blackness and intraracial variation among African Americans

Robert Keith Collins

in Obama and the Biracial Factor

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9781447301011
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447301011.003.0009
A different kind of blackness: the question of Obama's blackness and intraracial variation among African Americans

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A critical assertion and analysis of how President Obama's biracial identity reopens historic conversations about multiracial identity that in the process call into question ideas about a monolithic “black racial identity”. Person centered ethnography is used to demonstrate the complex and diverse variation of self-identification within the African American community

Keywords: Person centered ethnography; Intraracial variation; African Americans; culturally homogenous; genealogical; Herskovits; motivational; racial diversity

Chapter.  7680 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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