Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy: Crossing Racial Borders
By: Kyle D. Killian (author)Paperback
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Grounded in the personal narratives of twenty interracial couples with multiracial children, this volume uniquely explores interracial couples' encounters with racism and discrimination, partner difference, family identity, and counseling and therapy. It intimately portrays how race, class, and gender shape relationship dynamics and a partner's sense of belonging. Assessment tools and intervention techniques help professionals and scholars work effectively with multiracial families as they negotiate difference, resist familial and societal disapproval, and strive for increased intimacy. The book concludes with a discussion of interracial couples in cinema and literature, the sensationalization of multiracial relations in mass media, and how to further liberalize partner selection across racial borders.
Kyle D. Killian, Ph.D., LMFT, is associate professor and scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, Toronto. A licensed couple and family therapist, he has published books, articles, and chapters on interracial and intercultural couples, immigrant and refugee families, and trauma and resilience. Interculturally married, he lives with his wife, Anna, and their two trilingual sons.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction. What Interracial Couples Can Tell UsSignificance of the BookUnpacking Basic Concepts: RaceInterracial in the Age of Obama: The Impact of Color-Blind and "Postracial" DiscoursesThe Politics of Voice: A Note from the AuthorThe Couples1. Racialized Bodies and Borders in the United StatesDefining and Demarcating BordersInterracial Borders from the Sixteenth Century to the PresentTrends in Black-White IntermarriageRace and Sex Differences in Marriage Rates: The "Marriage Squeeze"Interracial Mate-Selection TheoriesSummary2. Crossing a Black-and-White Border: Choosing the OtherAttraction and Falling in LovePartners' Reactions to DifferencesIs There Any Difference?Negotiating Differences in Axes of Power to Establish a Couple IdentityIn Black and White: The Border of RaceHe SaidSummary3. Crossing Community Borders: Families of OriginSocial Support and Resistance to the RelationshipStrategies of Coping with ReactionsMultiracial Couples and Social NetworksPartner Sensitivity to Racism: The Community ContextSummary4. A Nexus of Borders: The Next GenerationThe Next Generation and Their OpportunitiesA Persistent Question: "What About the Children?"Intersections of Gender and RaceIntersections of Race and ClassWhite Male and Female PartnersAbout Difference: Social and Political DimensionsHappy Together? Processes Contributing to Couple Identity FormationCouple Identities and Negotiation StylesSummary5. Raising (and Erasing) Difference: Dominant and Marginalized Discourses in Interracial Couples' NarrativesWhat Is Discourse Analysis?The Discourse of HomogamyThe Discourse of HypersensitivityThe Discourse of History's InsignificanceWhat These Findings Say About Multiracial CouplesAn Overarching Discourse of "No Race Talk"Summary6. Systemic Interventions with Interracial CouplesThe Art of Drawing Distinctions Instead of ConclusionsWhat Couples Said About TherapyCouples Who Might Present for TherapySpecific Assessments and InterventionsA Narrative Approach to Therapy with Multiracial CouplesSummary7. (Re)presentations of Interracial Couples in CinemaCinema and Literature: Racial Logics and the Hegemonic Aesthetics of IntimacyInterracial Couples' Own Depictions of Their Intimate RelationsReflecting on the Research and the Researcher: Integrating the Interview ProcessAre Interracial Couples Different from Intraracial Couples?Salience of Identities: Under Which ConditionsNotesAppendix A. Summary of Participant InformationAppendix B. Assessment InventoriesAppendix C. Directions for Scoring the Assessment InventoriesAppendix D. Resources for Interracial Couples and Multiracial Families and IndividualsReferencesIndex
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