The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Social Science - 231 pages
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"The rich accounts of children's behavior around race are drawn from Van Ausdale's ethnographies, conducted in several multiethnic day care centers. When she persistently divested herself of any authoritative role, children as young as three 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, led 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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The premise of this challenging study by Van Ausdale (sociology, Syracuse Univ.) and Feagin (sociology, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville) is that children are complex individuals from very early on. They ... 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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