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Rebecca C. King-O'Riain, Stephen Small, Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song, and Paul Spickard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770733

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770733.001.0001

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The Curious Career of the One-Drop Rule

The Curious Career of the One-Drop Rule

Multiraciality and Membership in Germany Today

(p.188) 9 The Curious Career of the One-Drop Rule
Global Mixed Race

Miriam Nandi

Paul Spickard

NYU Press

This chapter discusses racial ideology in Germany. In actual German social life, racialized issues persist in a new cultural form. As Neil Gregor has observed, “Contrary to popular assumption and official projection, race did not go away, but … was merely refocused and recoded away from overtly biologized notions of difference to cultural ones.” Although Germans do not categorize people based on their race (Rasse), they tend to perceive Muslims, Africans, and Asians as non-Germans, particularly when they are not very educated, even if they are in fact native to the country and are citizens and tax-payers. Moreover, ideas about the uniqueness of the German race were codified in the 1913 German law of citizenship, which was based on the principle of jus sanguinis, the law of descent.

Keywords:   racial ideology, racialized issues, German race, jus sanguinis, German social life

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