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ERIC Number: EJ1366267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2379-3406
EISSN: EISSN-2379-3414
Training for Colour-Blindness: White Racial Socialisation
Bartoli, Eleonora; Michael, Ali; Bentley-Edwards, Keisha L.; Stevenson, Howard C.; Shor, Rachel E.; McClain, Shannon E.
Whiteness and Education, v1 n2 p125-136 2016
Racial socialisation describes the mechanisms by which youth acquire concepts of race and racism. The field addressing racial dynamics in the United States has primarily focused on the racial socialisation of youth of colour, generally regarding White racial socialisation as superfluous for White people, and therefore mostly absent in White families. The current study used qualitative methods to investigate the racial socialisation practices of White parents of White children; we conducted 36 in-depth interviews with 13 White families (parent/s and a teen child). Parents and teens were asked about their beliefs about race and how racial issues were addressed in the family. The results show that White youth received clear messages around colour-blindness attitudes and behaviours, and that their parents were intentional in conveying such messages. The authors discuss the implications of the fact that racial socialisation practices within White families are both pervasive and systematic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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