ERIC Number: EJ1178915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing an Antiracist Stance: How White Youth Understand Structural Racism
Thomann, Catharine R. B.; Suyemoto, Karen L.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v38 n6 p745-771 Jun 2018
This qualitative study explored how White youth understand structural racism on an abstract and personalized level and the process of developing these understandings. Structural racism encompasses both institutional racism and the broader effects of racism embedded within social structures. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 16 White youth in seventh or eighth grade in a suburban school. Grounded theory qualitative analysis indicated that developing structural racism understanding for White youth involved a process of (a) developing an initial understanding of the existence and meaning of structural racism, (b) reflecting on this awareness independently and with others, (c) developing emotional connections to these issues (sympathy), (d) developing perspective taking skills and empathy, and (e) engaging and struggling with one's identity as a White person. Results also provided support for the importance of parental racial socialization practices and multicultural antibias education in the process of developing structural racism understanding for White youth.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Grade 8, Whites, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Concept Formation, Qualitative Research, Suburban Schools, Grounded Theory, Reflection, Empathy, Perspective Taking, Socialization, Multicultural Education, Racial Identification, Semi Structured Interviews, Data Analysis
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Education Level: Middle Schools
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