Unfinished business : the development of racial(ised) identity in people of mixed parentage
In a society concerned with 'racial' purity and anxious to protect 'racial' boundaries people of mixed parentage are presumed to experience pressure, internal and external, to be aware of 'racial' differences and their own perceived ambiguous position. Some commentators believe that people of mixed parentage 'do not fit' into society If only they would pretend to be 'like the rest of us' then everyone would be happy There are few, if any, representations of coherent identities. The main concern of my research is to discover the factors which influence the development of racial(ised) identity in people of mixed parentage. An understanding of personal and social identity is an important part of my research I investigate how people of mixed parentage express their racial(ised) identity and question whether racial(ised) identity formation is ever really finished.