Degree Name

BS

Department

Sociology

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2018-04-20

Publication Date

2018-05-11

First Faculty Advisor

Dr. Carol Ward

First Faculty Reader

Dr. Curtis Child

Honors Coordinator

Dr. Jacob Rugh

Abstract

This qualitative study study seeks to identify themes and patterns concerning biracial women’s experiences in the U.S. It is intended to help expand what researchers currently know about what it means to be biracial in the U.S. If society at large has not dictated a script for multiracial persons because they are not even fully recognized as a racial group throughout the US, what can the experiences of these biracial women tell us about the current sociological theories of identity construction? Utilizing six interviews with half-black women and three sociological theories, this paper seeks to answer that question. Ultimately, this study seeks to add to our understanding of half-black women. Their experiences are best told by them, and their stories illustrate the struggles of being multiracial and embracing all pieces of themselves in a society that expects them to just pick one.

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