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Strategies for racial identity development, narratives of black and white women in interracial partner relationships.

Author: Hill, M. R. et al.
Author Background:
Date 4/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Family Relations
Volume/Pages 49(2), 193-200
Subject Matter Research, Women, Men, Interracial
Abstract This exploratory qualitative study used individual interviews and a focus group to investigate how women in black-white interracial heterosexual partner relationships retrospectively described their racial identity development over the course of the relationships. Racial identity development, social constructionist, and feminist theories guided the grounded theory methodology. Participants described a process of restoring constraining narratives of racial identity into empowering racial identities through three types of strategic blocking strategies, transforming strategies, and generating strategies. (Journal abstract.)