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Mixed Race Students in College: The Ecology of Race, Identity, and Community on Campus


reviewed by Leanne Taylor 2005

coverTitle: Mixed Race Students in College: The Ecology of Race, Identity, and Community on Campus
Author(s): Kristen A. Renn
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791461645, Pages: 292, Year: 2004
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Kristen A. Renn’s Mixed Race Students in College: The Ecology of Race, Identity, and Community on Campus emerges at a time when multiracial individuals and groups are calling for a stronger voice and representation within public and private spaces and alongside broader racial and ethnic debates. They are, as mixed-race scholar Naomi Zack (1995) contends, “writing themselves into existence” in the academy. It is with such a commitment to mixed racial voices that Renn writes this book. Thus, following the experiences of 56 mixed-race undergraduate students at six universities and colleges in various regions of the United States, and using ethnographic methods and grounded theory analysis rooted in a developmental ecology framework, Renn explores how mixed-race college students, which she operationalizes as “students from more than one federally defined racial or ethnic background” (p. 53), have constructed their racial identities and “experienced the developmental influences of campus life” (p. 53).... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1467-1474
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11771, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 6:16:25 PM

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  • Leanne Taylor
    York University in Toronto
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    LEANNE TAYLOR is completing her doctorate in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto. Her work explores questions of mixed racial identity and racial and ethnic representation and experience in higher education.
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