It describes how the characteristics of super-diversity together with the dynamic between parents/guardians, children, coaches, and scouts shape people’s perceptions of the ethnic options available to mixed-race young people. More specifically, there is a tension between fusion and preservation and in some instances a slippage between discourses of biology and culture. This reflects confusion about mixedness and leads to what I have called ‘contra-fusion’: a way of reasoning that resists the formation of integrated mixed identities by emphasizing the preservation of raced and gendered inheritances in the constitution of mixedness.

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