Term of Award

2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Sociology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Sociology

Committee Chair

Peggy G. Hargis

Committee Member 1

Nancy L. Malcom

Committee Member 2

Nathan W. Pino

Abstract

By analyzing 12 in-depth interviews with individuals who live in the South Georgia area and who are involved in Black-White interracial relationships, I explain how respondents perceive the appearance of their relationships and how they think others react to their relationships. I also address how the intersection of race and gender affects the interviewees' experiences with family, friends, and strangers. This analysis contributes to current debates about interracial romance by describing how interracial couples experience dating in the South and how race and gender intersects to shape those experiences.

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