Boundaries of Love
Interracial Marriage and the Meaning of Race
16 black and white illustrations
"Despite dramatically distinct histories and ideologies of race and intermarriage, Chinyere Osuji’s in-depth portrayal of the experiences of these couples and their families reveals startling consistencies and differences across the two societies. Boundaries of Love deftly compares how race operates across these two societies and interrogates how national ideologies, race, gender and other social categories together produce particular meanings of race-mixing. This nuanced and pathbreaking study is sure to challenge previous notions of interracial marriage."
—Edward Telles, author of Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race and Color in Latin America
"Boundaries of Love is a theoretically sophisticated contribution to the sociological literature on race and interracial intimacy. Osuji provides use with the concept of "romantic careers"—a brilliant way to understand how Blacks and Whites in Brazil and the United States negotiate the meaning of their previous and current emotional and sexual relationships. Osuji's transnational comparative study of interracial couples challenges us to think critically about the ways that these unions leave white supremacy intact in cosmopolitan urban centers of Los Angeles and Rio de Janiero."
—France Winddance Twine, author of Racism in a Racial Democracy: The Maintenance of White Supremacy in Brazil
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