Interracial marriage is the term used to describe marriages that take place between people who are from different racial or ethnic groups. Intercultural marriages are defined as marriages between people who come from two different cultural backgrounds. A marriage between a woman from China, whose culture emphasizes the needs of the family over the needs of the individual, and a man from the United Stateswhose culture emphasizes individual autonomy, would be an example of a intercultural marriage.
Color-blind racism promotes this negativity about interracial marriage. My question to these people is, why not? The picture below shows an interracial couple holding hands.
Though the notion that racial mixing is undesirable has arisen at different points in history, it gained particular prominence in Europe during the era of colonialism. The term miscegenation entered the English language in the 19th century as racial segregation began to become more formalized in the United States. It was used specifically to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations.
Recent studies have demonstrated an increased occurrence of interracial marriages in the United States, indicating important shifts in intergroup relations. The effectiveness of traditional theoretical approaches in explaining who marries whom, however, remains problematic. Recently, exchange explanations which have typically assumed that the black partner in the union exchanges educational and economic accomplishments for the higher "status" of the white spouse have been replaced by progressive theories emphasizing a trend away from ascriptive and toward achievement norms. We extend this approach by predicting an economic and educational gap between spouses in interracial marriages when compared with racially homogamous marriages.
Models of interracial marriage, based on the exchange of racial status for other capital, cannot explain these asymmetries. A new explanation is offered based on the relative perceived facial attractiveness of the different race-by-gender groups. This explanation was tested using a survey of perceived facial attractiveness.
Intermarriage remains a uniquely revealing site for exploring questions about immigration and the creation of American cultures and racial hierarchies in the past and present. At every stage of U. History, practices of and policies regulating intermarriage have helped define belonging and distribute political and economic privileges.
Miscegenationmarriage or cohabitation by persons of different race. Theories that the anatomical disharmony of children resulted from miscegenation were discredited by 20th-century genetics and anthropology. Although it is now accepted that modern populations are the result of the continuous mixing of various populations since prehistoric times, taboos on miscegenation—in some instances legally enforced—have existed and continue to exist in many race-based societies.
Jeanette R. Davidson: is an assistant professor of social work at the University of North Texas, Denton. Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more.
Ideally, love should have no bounds in this regard. However, we are dealing with reality and reality is that others may harbor negativity about you two. You might also run into a conflict between you two when asserting your values that are based on your own racial or cultural identity.
We can examine issues of race and ethnicity through three major sociological perspectives: functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism. As you read through these theories, ask yourself which one makes the most sense and why. Do we need more than one theory to explain racism, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination? In the view of functionalism, racial and ethnic inequalities must have served an important function in order to exist as long as they have.