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ERIC Number: ED455358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 27
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Barbie.com and Racial Identity.
Buddington, Steve A.
This study explored how black second grade girls racially identified themselves. Ten students worked on laptop computers at home to design a Barbie doll that looked like them and a Barbie doll that they liked best. Parents completed sociodemographic questionnaires and narratives. The questionnaires examined gender, skin shade, income, marital status, and educational levels. The narratives captured parents' discussions of racial issues with their children and conversations of the children while they created their dolls. The children designed dolls that had their skin, eye, and hair color and lip size and shape. They demonstrated no uncertainty or hesitancy in rejecting or accepting their own or another racial identity. They were cognizant of their degree of blackness, though the notion that fair skin and long hair are nicer was apparent. The five dark-skinned children whose two Barbie designs were identical (dark-skinned) appeared proud of their acceptance of their blackness. The parents of those children demonstrated high self-confidence and pride in their racial identity. They were visibly proud of their children's depiction of their blackness and pleased that the design they liked the best was of a dark-skinned doll. Parents, especially fathers, expressed a strong desire for their children to be conscious of and responsive to their racial or ethnic identification. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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