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The Affects Of Race: Millennial Mixed Race Identity In The United States

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Title:The Affects Of Race: Millennial Mixed Race Identity In The United States
Authors:Rabin, Nicole
Contributors:English (department)
Keywords:Mixed Race
Racial Identity
Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:At the turn of the millennium, there has been a particular emergence of mixed race
discourse in the United States concentrated on identity. While there has been a significant
amount of criticism regarding Millennial Mixed Race Identities, there has been less attention
given to the continued investments in these identities well into the new millennium. This
dissertation implements Affect Theory as a means to better understand not only the development
of the Mixed Race Identity Movement at the end of the twentieth century and the persistent
desire for these types of identifications in the new millennium, but also as a means to reformulate
mixed race identification to avoid complicity in structures of white supremacy and colonialism.
A perspective of affect allows a more thorough understanding of how mixed race
identities have been heavily influenced by the affective attachments to the people we surround
ourselves with; the affective responses to our past experiences of race and racial encounter; the
affective relief developed to combat past affective experiences; and the racial affects that
continually circulate within a racialized society and attach to differently raced bodies during
moments of encounter. Specifically looking at some of the major texts of the Mixed Race
Identity Movement underscores the way in which affect heavily influences understandings of
identity and the problems that arise from seeking out the state to solve affective conditions.
Continuing with a more precise Millennial Mixed Race Identity, Hapa, this dissertation examines
the continued investments in these more specific identities and what a politics of recognition
based on affect can problematically produce or uphold. Lastly, this dissertation implements
Affect Theory in an attempt to refocus mixed race identity formation as an iterative and recursive
process shaped through the constant contact with other bodies, other spaces, and other times.
Yet, unfortunately, despite the ways in which affect produces alternative perspectives on the
development and investment in Millennial Mixed Race Identity, this perspective does not
salvage mixed race discourse from being complicit in structures of colonialism or white
supremacy in the new millennium.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: Ph.D. - English

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