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Spurious Issues
by
Rainier Spencer

Although Spurious Issues: Race and Multiracial Identity Politics in the United States, (1999) by Rainier Spencer deals mainly with the claims of multiracial activists, the author makes solid arguments borrowing from history and philosophy as he argues that both racial and multiracial categories are problematic.

The title of the book alone will raise eyebrows. On the face, the title Spurious Issues seems intended to reduce the claims of multiracial activists to the level of the spurious, trivial or unimportant. However, "spurious issue" is a term that has been used historically to denote people, especially slaves, of illegitimate or mixed-race birth.

This intellectual sleight of hand is indicative of the authorís style throughout the book, which will be welcomed by those seeking a more scholarly approach to this area of inquiry.


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