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The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism

AuteurDebra Van Ausdale, Joe R. Feagin.
TitreThe First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism
ISBN ISSN0-8476-8861-5.
Maisons d'éditionRowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc
Publisher URLURL
Place of PublicationLanham, Maryland.
Publication TypeBook
SujetEducation; Early Childhood; Social interaction in children; Prejudices in children; Child development
CRRF IdentifierEd-EC-BR-2152.
Last modified14/07/15
English Abstract

Following the style of Piaget, this ethnographic study attempts to peer into the minds of pre-schoolers to uncover when and how children begin to conceptualise 'race' and absorb racist attitudes. The book includes a combination of anecdotes, analysis and data to support arguments. Van Ausdale and Feagin look at power relations between children; the organisation of playgroups and the use of racial-ethnic distinction groups to define the self and the other as tools for analysis. A full bibliographic reference and information on the authors is also included.

In particular, white adults abdicate their responsibility to recognize and combat racism when they deny that race and racism can even exist in serious forms among young children. This denial, which is likely rooted in often deeply held convictions that children are untutored in the ways of adults, is counterproductive, since as we will see in our data, it rejects children's considerable and ever-growing knowledge. (p. 3)

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