Developing an Identity Out of Multiple Options

  • Mary Sengstock
Part of the Clinical Sociology: Research and Practice book series (CSRP)

An important issue for persons from mixed cultural backgrounds is their source of identification (Harris and Sim, 2002; Gaskins, 1999; Gibbs, 1998; Gibbs and Hines, 1992; Hall, 1992; Poston, 1990; Root, 1992a; 1996; Waters, 1990). Where family background is important, as it is in the USA, people are often asked to provide information on their origins. Such questions appear in the census, in school records for children, and in other questionnaires as well. Associates often ask questions about ethnic origins as well, sometimes as a matter of simple interest, but often in a rude or intrusive fashion.


Skin Color Cultural Background Personal Identity Cultural Pattern Nationality Difference 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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