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ERIC Number: ED427602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 36
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Check All That Apply: The Experience of Biracial and Multiracial College Students. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Renn, Kristen A.
This study explored the interaction of multiracial identity development and college campus contexts in the experience of 24 biracial or multiracial college students attending three institutions an Ivy League university, a Catholic university, and a liberal arts college. The study applied qualitative grounded theory as framed by postmodern racial identity theory. Individual interviews were held with all participants; participants provided written responses to a questionnaire; focus groups were conducted with three to four students on each campus; and observational field notes and archival data for each campus were collected and analyzed. The study identified two main themes: the notion of space and the impact of peer culture. Analysis indicated two types of affiliative behavior ("nomads" and "nesters") and five patterns of occupying identity-based space on campus: (1) students chose one existing monoracial category; (2) students moved between existing monoracial categories; (3) students created a new "multiracial" category; (4) students opted out completely by deconstructing the category of race or choosing not to identify with any race; and (5) students moved between or among the above options. The major determinants of students' identity choices were campus racial demographics and peer culture. (Contains 44 references.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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