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The Influences Affecting and the Influential Effects of Multiracials: Multiracialism and Stratification


  • Hephzibah V. Strmic-Pawl

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    1. Department of Psychology and Sociology, Coastal Carolina University
    • Correspondence address: Hephzibah V. Strmic-Pawl, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Coastal Carolina University, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528, USA. E-mail:

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Early research on multiracials documents the existence of a newly emergent population, those who identify with more than one race or what is commonly now known as multiracials. Contemporary research on multiracialism has a new focus on the stratification that multiracials experience and how multiracials may be influencing a new racial hierarchy. This paper discusses some of the primary issues of multiracialism and stratification including colorism, the racial hierarchy, social class, gender and sexual orientation, and multiracial as a celebrity-like status. As the multiracial population grows, so must the field of multiracialism grows to include critical issues and questions regarding stratification.