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ISBN-13: 978-0759109018 ISBN-10: 075910901X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075910901X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759109018
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raising Biracial Children focuses much needed attention on the unique concerns of biracial children in the United States. Most readers will find the book thought provoking, but parents and families of biracial children may benefit the most from its ideas. (Harvard Educational Review)

About the Author

Kerry Ann Rockquemore is associate professor of African-American studies and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is co-author of Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America. Her research focuses on racial socialization in inter-racial families and racial identity development. Tracey A. Laszloffy is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Connecticut. Prior to this she served on the faculty at Seton Hill University where she directed the masters level Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Dr. Laszloffy has published extensively in the area of race, oppression, and family therapy.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Longday on March 14, 2007
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This is a book that you'll keep by your bedside for years, referring to it whenever issues arise. As the white parents of an (adopted) biracial daughter, this book completely educated me on the issues that she may face at every point in her development. Not only does it highlight the issues, but works through sensitive and sensible resolutions.

I found it valuable that Raising Biracial Children looks at the history of black oppression and how that impacts relations with biracials and whites.

I also liked that, although the content is quite "meaty", they don't dumb it down for the reader, and the book is very readable.

Although the book is aimed specifically at those rasing biracial children, educators, etc, it is a useful resource for anyone wanting to raise racially sensitive children.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Joshua C. Williams on December 29, 2006
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First off, this book is written like someone's thesis paper. It is full of jargon, buzzwords, and impenetrable language. I understand what the authors are trying to say in most cases, but while you shouldn't dumb down your writing there is much to be said about simplicity and clarity. As the saying goes, don't use a two dollar word when a 10 cent word is just as good.

Secondly, I find several of their conclusions highly debatable, or even if I agree with the conclusion it doesn't seem well supported. In particular, the author's opinion of what constitutes "denial" of one's racial heritage isn't well defined, and the link between this denial and an "unhealthy" image isn't well established.

Third, many of the case studies are so lacking in detail that their usefulness as examples is highly limited. The teacher who is being "unintentionally racist" when she tries to put a child in a reading program is a good example. Was this actually an example of a teacher treating a biracial child as an inferior, or was it an example of an overly sensitive mother over ruling a professional teacher? Another example is the young man who appears white, was raised by white parents, but in fact had a mixed race parentage. His case is called "unhealthy" because of "denial", which may or may not be true based on the very limited data we are given. I argue that true or not, these examples and others don't support the main arguments very well. Each chapter ends with a detailed list of sources, but I didn't buy this book as a reading guide.

Finally, I have an issue with the title.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. L. Johnson on May 7, 2007
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We live in a society where we are constatntly negotiating race in relationships. Even though we are part of a multiracial nation, we do not always negotiate race successfully. As a clinical therapist who has practiced in the field for over 7 years, this book has proved to be a valuable asset to my professional library. I deal with the impact of race on their lives of my clients (who also happen to be children) on a daily basis. This book has helped me remember the complexity of race and how it infiltrates all human interaction - especially in the lives of children.
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful By diane77 on November 16, 2009
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This book is about raising half black half white kids. In the chapter Just Between Sisters the author claims light skin biracial/black girls are privileged because their light skin. The chapter is also about how light skin biracial/black girls are bullied by dark skin girls that call them conceited because they are light skin and have black ancestary. I 'm a light skin black and I was bullied in Philadelphia (black majority,ninth-poorest US city) by a dark skin girl and called conceited because I'm light skin. In Philly some dark skin black mothers teach their kids light skin biracial/black people are conceited and not to date them. In Philly many dark skin black young adults don't date light skin blacks.I lived in cities that weren't like this. Sometimes brown skin blacks will date them. In Philly there are few light skin biracial/black and dark skin black young adult couples.
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More About the Author

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD is Executive Director of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Her scholarship has focused on interracial families, biracial identity, and the politics of racial categorization. She is author of BEYOND BLACK and RAISING BIRACIAL CHILDREN, as well as over two dozen articles and book chapters on multiracial youth. After Dr. Rockquemore became a tenured professor (at the University of Illinois at Chicago), her focus shifted to improving conditions for pre-tenure faculty by creating supportive communities for professional development, writing productivity and work/life balance. Her award-winning work with under-represented faculty led to the publication of her most recent book: THE BLACK ACADEMIC'S GUIDE TO WINNING TENURE WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL. Through the NCFDD, Dr. Rockquemore provides workshops for new faculty at colleges across the U.S., writes a weekly advice column for Inside Higher Education, and works with a select group of new faculty each semester in the Faculty Success Program.

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