ERIC Number: EJ888925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 91
Future Directions: Social Development in the Context of Social Justice
Killen, Melanie; Smetana, Judith G.
Social Development, v19 n3 p642-657 Aug 2010
Many societies and cultures have become increasingly diverse and heterogeneous over the past decade. This diversity has a direct bearing on social justice in children's and adolescents' social development. Increased diversity can have positive consequences, such as the possibility for increased empathy, tolerance, perspective taking, and the celebration of various cultural traditions and values, but it can also result in increased prejudice, bias, and discrimination. In this article, we suggest that incorporating a focus on social justice can transform the field of social development. This can be done by considering the larger societal context of diversity or heterogeneity when investigating children's peer interactions, attitudes, group identity, and social experience. In addition, new findings that incorporate social justice concerns have implications for designing interventions to enhance children's healthy social development. We highlight and discuss recent areas of research that bear on this perspective and discuss avenues for future research and investigation.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Development, Peer Relationship, Cultural Pluralism, Research, Children, Adolescents, Social Influences, Social Environment, Social Experience, Intervention
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