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The Borders of Race: Patrolling “Multiracial” Identities

Melinda Mills
The Borders of Race: Patrolling “Multiracial” Identities
ISBN: 978-1-62637-582-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-661-8
2017/281 pages
A FirstForumPress Book
"Indispensable for institutions with sociology, social work, or anthropology programs, or any library serving racially and ethnically diverse populations.”"—Choice

"Full of rich findings and new questions.... Mills points scholars down a conceptual road that changes many of the things we thought we knew about multiraciality."—David Brunsma, Virginia Tech University


Choice Outstanding Academic Book!

Who is "multiracial"? And who decides? Addressing these two fundamental questions, Melinda Mills builds on the work of Heather Dalmage to explore the phenomenon—and consequences—of racial border patrolling by strangers, family members, friends, and even multiracial people themselves.


Melinda Mills is associate professor of gender and women's studies, sociology, and anthropology at Castleton University.


  • The Borders of Race.
  • What Is "Multiracial"?
  • Managing Racial Identities in Public Spaces.
  • Managing Racial Identities with Family and Friends.
  • Internalizing Racial Identities.
  • The Changing Geography and Demography of Race.
  • The Shifting Mixture of Racial Identities.