Mapping the paradoxes of multiethnicity : stories of multiethnic women in Toronto, Canada
This thesis examines questions of identity among multiethnic( or "mixed race") women through a qualitative analysis of twenty-four open-ended interviews conducted in Toronto, Canada. It is primarily concerned with exploring how multiethnic women contest challenge and negotiate their identities in relation to socially constructed racialized categories. The thesis demonstrates how the multiethnic woman has been positioned as "out of place" in a historical and social context. Through the empirical analysis, it examines how women of multiethnicity in this study mobilize both their gendered and racialized selves in powerful ways. The cartographies of belonging among multiethnic women in this study are documented, with an emphasis upon the ways they forge alliances with others. The thesis proposes alternative readings of the multiethnic experience outside of oppressive representations. Engaging with vocabularies in cultural and feminist geography, the thesis explores the potential of conceiving of the multiethnic individual in a way that spills over the analytical categories of race and gender. In conclusion, it suggests future avenues in feminist geography by calling for a profound rethinking of those categories of identity which currently frame our analyses.