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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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  - 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

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, currently Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A&M University, graduated from Baylor University in 1960 and acquired his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University in 1966. Feagin has taught at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of California (Riverside), University of Texas, University of Florida, and Texas A&M University. Feagin has done much research work on racism and sexism issues and has served as the scholar in residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written 53 books, one of which ("Ghetto Revolts") was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni Association achievement award and was the 1999 2000 president of the American Sociological Association. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Arthur Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Association for Affirmative Action.

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