It is easy to envision the socio-cultural phenomenon of passing as a relic of a bygone era, yet passing is markedly more. From a historical perspective, “passing-as-white” is a strategy of representation through which light-skinned, white-looking, legally non-white Americans attempt(ed) to reconcile “two unreconciled ideals:” their limited opportunities as non-white people in a segregated society with their idealized life goals as full American citizens (DuBois, 1903; Candy, 1998). Recent scholarship on the phenomenon explains that passing is more than a masquerade. Passing can be accidental, incidental, or a committed lifestyle that is noted: when people effectively present themselves as other than who they understand themselves to be…[and] when other people actually see or experience the identity that the passer is projecting, whether the passer is telegraphing that identity by intention or by chance (Kroger, 2003, p. 7-8).
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Research Article| January 01 2005
In Search of a “Singular I:” A Structurational Analysis of Passing
Ethnic Studies Review (2005) 28 (2): 1–16.
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Marcia Alesan Dawkins; In Search of a “Singular I:” A Structurational Analysis of Passing. Ethnic Studies Review 1 January 2005; 28 (2): 1–16. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2005.28.2.1
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