Previous quantitative works gives a decent account for the predictors of racial/national intermarriages, and qualitative research finds that intercultural couples negotiate their racial, national, religious, class, and cultural differences within the context of their intimate relationships and the broader stigma of the social world. However, no scholars, to my knowledge, have looked intently at this intersection of interracial and international intermarriages. Related, scholars have not dissected how these couples negotiate their family celebrations-despite research showing the importance of celebrations to family well-being. Through autoethnographic reflexivity, and in-depth interviews with a convenience sample of 4 individuals married to a spouse of a different race and nationality (one U.S. born), I try to answer how racial/national spouses negotiate their family celebrations. Results reiterate that racial/national intermarriages are complex and multifaceted. Yet, my findings suggest that increased geographic proximity and accessible communication to non-U.S.-born family increases the racial/national intermarriage to adopt more of the non-U.S.-born spouses’ cultural traditions: making culturally shared celebrations more likely.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology: College Teaching Emphasis
Sociology and Corrections
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Nkwenti, J. A. (2022). Accustomly intermarried: racial/national intermarriages and their negotiation of family celebrations [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1209/
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