Exploring young children's gendered discourses about skin colour

BARLEY, Ruth (2018). Exploring young children's gendered discourses about skin colour. Ethnography and Education, 1-17.

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Drawing on an ethnographic study conducted with young children (4–5 year olds) in a multi-ethnic Early Years classroom in the north of England this paper shows how young children’s discourses about skin colour are informed by intersections with their gender identities. This ethnography uncovers how young children engage with the related concepts of ‘race’/ethnicity, racialisation and racism in their peer interactions alongside how they appropriate ‘markers of difference’ to promote their own identity and ascribe an identity to their peers. By comparing the discourses collectively produced by two groups of children in the class this study argues that there is a need for whiteness to be educationally discoursed in a way that uncovers the violence of racism and exposes the cultural and political privileges of ‘being white.’

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Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17457823.2018.1485112
Page Range: 1-17
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 10:46
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:04
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21591

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