miscegenation

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miscegenation

interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved

Miscegenation

 

the mixing of human races. The offspring of these mixed marriages are called half-breeds.

Racial mixing has always taken place in regions where various racial groups have been in contact with one another. The scale of such crossing grew considerably after the great geographical discoveries of the 15th to 17th centuries and the subsequent colonial expansion and slave trading. It is a natural phenomenon in human history and proves the untenability of the reactionary theory of polygenism (the theory of the origin of the principal races of mankind from different ancestors, thereby ascribing Caucasoids, Mongoloids, and Negroids to separate species). The same capacity of half-breeds for reproduction as is found in intraracial unions—not the case between different species—is the most convincing proof of the species unity of mankind and the close kinship of all human races.

miscegenation

[mi‚sej·ə′nā·shən]
(anthropology)
Intermarriage between different races.
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There is evidence that interethnic marriages are more likely to end in divorce (Kalmijn, de Graaf, and Janssen, 2005).
2) One can say that by 1991 a small proportion (less than 30%) among the forebears of our populations took part in interethnic marriages.
Literature knows several rules determining or at least influencing interethnic marriages.
To repeat the bias of this article: the presence of artificial Canadians is an indicator of interethnic marriages in the past, and consequently of the degree of integration prevailing in the society.
As such, the argument runs, they are no different from those intergrated through interethnic marriages.