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Mixed Race Amnesia

Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality

Minelle Mahtani

  • Published: 2014. Paperback April 2015
  • Subject Listing: Sociology, Geography
  • Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: Usa Only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Racially mixed people in the global north are often portrayed as the embodiment of an optimistic, post-racial future. In Mixed Race Amnesia, Minelle Mahtani makes the case that this romanticized view of multiraciality governs both public perceptions and personal accounts of the mixed-race experience. Drawing on a series of interviews with mixed-race women, she explores how, in order to adopt the view that being mixed race is progressive, a strategic forgetting takes place - one that obliterates complex diasporic histories. She argues that a new anti-colonial approach to multiraciality is needed, one that emphasizes how colonialism shapes the experiences of mixed-race people today.
Minelle Mahtani is an associate professor in the Department of Human Geography and the Program in Journalism at the University of Toronto-Scarborough. She is past president of the Association for Canadian Studies, 2011 Winner of the Glenda Laws Award from the Association of American Geographers, and a former national television journalist at the CBC.
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