Portland State University. Department of Communication
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication
1 online resource (iii, 100 pages)
Storytelling, Racially mixed people -- Race identity, Intergenerational communication, Racially mixed families
A narrative inheritance is comprised of the stories told by family members that are received by a younger generation and used to help construct identity. According to the communication theory of identity, identity is formed through communication. Additionally, the storied resource perspective looks at narratives as a major method of creating and maintaining identity. This study looks at the kinds of narrative inheritance concerning race that people in multiracial families receive and possible ways it affects racial identity formation. Findings from 12 semi-structured interviews indicate that narratives of racism, cultural pride, and hardship are prevalent in multiracial families. Additionally, findings show that varying family structures may affect the transference of racial narratives between generations, which can in turn affect how multiracial children choose to identify themselves racially.
Thomas, Mariko O., "The Stories We Tell: A Qualitative Inquiry to Multiracial Family Storytelling" (2014). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2148.