The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Social Science - 231 pages
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Writers since Piaget have questioned when and how children assimilate racist attitudes-or simply become aware of racial differences. This remarkable book offers stirring evidence that the answers may be more surprising than we ever imagined. The rich accounts of children's behavior around race are drawn from Van Ausdale's ethnographies, conducted in several multi-ethnic day-care centers. When she persistently divested herself of any authoritative role, children as young as 3 years gradually revealed to her a surprising array of racial attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors--most of which they normally withhold from parents and adult companions. The careful ethnographic analysis, conducted over many months, lead the authors to question many of our long-held assumptions about the nature of race and racial learning in American society.
  

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Review: First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism

User Review  - Stephen CM - Goodreads

I read this for a class, as part of a group book report. There are some interesting insights here about how children pick up and perform racism from the adults around them. That said, it's fairly ... Read full review

Review: First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

This book was alright. I respect the consequences of qualitative research, but I think some of the results come from a created environment, rather than a natural environment. The teachers do special ... Read full review

Contents

YOUNG CHILDREN LEARNING RACIAL AND ETHNIC MATTERS
1
USING RACIALETHNIC DISTINCTIONS TO DEFINE SELF
47
PLAY GROUPS AND RACIALETHNIC MATTERS
95
USING RACIALETHNIC CONCEPTS TO DEFINE OTHER PEOPLE
129
HOW ADULTS VIEW CHILDREN
155
WHAT AND HOW CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT RACIAL AND ETHNIC MATTERS
175
POSTSCRIPT WHAT CAN BE DONE?
197
REFERENCES
215
INDEX
223
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
231
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About the author (2001)

Van Ausdale is assistant professor of sociology at Syracuse University, where her research interests continue to focus on children and racism.

Joe R. Feagin is professor of sociology at the University of Florida.

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