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Race and Ethnicity in America$
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John Iceland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286900

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286900.001.0001

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The Multiracial Population

The Multiracial Population

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(p.109) 6 The Multiracial Population
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Race and Ethnicity in America
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John Iceland

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286900.003.0006

This chapter examines trends in intermarriage, discusses how the estimates of the multiracial population are sensitive to how we define and measure this group, describes how views about racial identity have changed over time, and provides measures of well being, such as education and income, among the multiracial population. The chapter also documents differences among multiracial Americans, such as between people who are black and white and Asian and white. The chapter shows that the socioeconomic status of multiracial individuals tends to be in between that of the constituent race groups. The median household income of black-white individuals, for example, is between that of single-race black and white individuals. The chapter ends by noting that we need to learn much more about the growing multiracial population and the factors that affect their health and well being.

Keywords:   Multiracial population, racial identity, racial Intermarriage, socioeconomic status, income

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