Date of Graduation

Spring 2021

Degree

Master of Arts in Communication

Department

Communication

Committee Chair

Carrisa Hoelscher

Keywords

multiracial, autoethnography, identity negotiation, membership navigation, communication accommodation, cultural representation, coping strategies

Subject Categories

Communication | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

Abstract

What follows are two methods woven together to investigate multiracial identity and membership. The first section investigates the role of ethnographic research as the methodological tool of choice for a multiracial who positions herself along the liminal perspective through experimental autoethnographic tales of ambiguous embodiment. The tales weave in and out of the text and work to articulate multiracial identity through a critical race standpoint rooted in amorphousness. The second section applies a traditional qualitative approach, including narrative interviews of multiracial participants – focusing on intercultural communication. Identity negotiation theory and communication accommodation theory guide my investigation into intergroup communication/coping strategies.

Copyright

© Bethanne Grover

Open Access

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