Interracial Sexuality and Its Discontents

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1181–1182. Reviews the book, A Completely New Look at Interracial Sexuality: Public Opinion and Select Commentaries by Lawrence R. Tenzer (1990). Tenzer begins his discussion with the unstartling and uninspiring conclusion that White women have “various beliefs” about interracial sexuality, a conclusion no more edifying than stating “I will or will not leave town tomorrow.” It signifies nothing. A rather anorexic presentation of these data (largely reports of the percentage of his sample's agreement with the validity of belief statements) follows and is coupled with sociocultural commentary by the author that draws on a mixture of sociological theory, psychoanalysis, historical exegesis, and personal opinion. Tenzer's book does achieve a measure of interest when he advances his central thesis that interracial sexual relations have been a pervasive and unacknowledged facet of interpersonal life since Europeans first encountered Africa and the Americas. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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