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Tracing Genealogies of Mixedness: Social Representations and Definitions of “Eurasian” in Singapore

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Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117573, Singapore
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Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117570, Singapore
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Genealogy 2021, 5(2), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020050
Received: 16 March 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 7 May 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genealogies of Racial and Ethnic Representation)
Social representations theory provides a key lens through which to approach mixed racial and ethnic identities. The concept and contextual histories of “mixedness” highlight how meanings are ascribed and constructed, and social representations of mixed identities shape and are shaped by what it means to be mixed. This paper explores mixedness in Singapore from a social representations perspective, drawing out and comparing the state representations of the Eurasian community, and social experiences of mixedness. Utilizing data from 30 interviews with participants who self-describe as Eurasian, the paper explores the interactions between historical and contemporary state representations of mixedness and popular representations of Eurasians as a mixed racial/ethnic group in the diverse and racialized context of Singapore. By tracing the genealogy of Eurasian identity (and mixedness) in this context, it contributes to the theoretical development around social representations of mixedness, and how the constructed realities of singular and/or mixed identities interact and develop. View Full-Text
Keywords: social representations; mixedness; mixed race; Eurasian; Singapore social representations; mixedness; mixed race; Eurasian; Singapore
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Rocha, Z.L.; Yeoh, B.S.A. Tracing Genealogies of Mixedness: Social Representations and Definitions of “Eurasian” in Singapore. Genealogy 2021, 5, 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020050

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Rocha ZL, Yeoh BSA. Tracing Genealogies of Mixedness: Social Representations and Definitions of “Eurasian” in Singapore. Genealogy. 2021; 5(2):50. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020050

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Rocha, Zarine L., and Brenda S.A. Yeoh 2021. "Tracing Genealogies of Mixedness: Social Representations and Definitions of “Eurasian” in Singapore" Genealogy 5, no. 2: 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020050

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