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ERIC Number: EJ1171334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
What Should Young Black Children Know about Race? Parents of Preschoolers, Preparation for Bias, and Promoting Egalitarianism
Doucet, Fabienne; Banerjee, Meeta; Parade, Stephanie
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v16 n1 p65-79 Mar 2018
This qualitative study of 26 African American parents and caregivers of preschool children sought to address gaps in the current literature by exploring how the intersection of parents' racism experiences and social class may play a role in race-related socialization during the early years. Analysis of narrative interviews revealed that egalitarianism surfaced as the most common content of racial socialization (ethnic-racial socialization) messages. We also found that preparation for bias emerged as qualitatively different for the working- and middle-class African Americans, however, and thus, we argue that the ways in which working- and middle-class African American parents of preschoolers made sense of their experiences with racism and discrimination were different and that this shaped their preparation for bias messages differently. To provide a contrast for illustrating this argument, we detail working- and middle-class participants' use of egalitarianism messages in relationship to their stories about racism, proposing here that parents may have been attuning to their young children's developmental stage when deciding which messages to promote.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina (Greensboro)
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