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CH 16: PERCEPTIONS AND STAGES OF INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT Stage 1: Racial Awareness Interpersonal and cultural experience Interracial couples that survive learn to develop awareness of 4 concurrently operating sets of perspectives Their own Their partner’s Their collective racial group’s Their partner’s racial group’s Outsiders will view the partners in different ways Couple may feel pressure to frame their relationship in terms of traditional social roles and attitudes Attraction Acknowledge the unpredictability of their interracial attraction in the social context Sensitivity Emerging sensitivity to the racial place of another Racial place – the way members of a racial group are treated in society, what is seen as their natural role and profile Stage 2: Coping with Social Definitions of Race Decide how to integrate increased sensitivity to the function of race in their lives into
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