chapter  15
More Human: Individuation in the 21st Century
ByJILLIAN K. SWENCIONIS, SUSAN T. FISKE
Pages 18

One of us knows someone of multiracial origins whose T-shirt reads, “And what are YOU?” This is a 21st-century dilemma: Globalized, multicultural social interaction goes beyond the homogenized category-based models (I’m an X; you are a Y) that served well enough in the last half of the 20th century; in those days, people participated in more (literally) black-and-white encounters. As our collective group awareness becomes more complicated, people face the challenges of others’ identities that are more variable, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (Bodenhausen & Peery, 2009). Making sense of people nowadays renders simple categories problematic.