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Racism, Gender Identities and Young Children
Social Relations in a Multi-Ethnic, Inner City Primary School

ISBN 9780415183192
Published May 14, 1998 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a fascinating yet disturbing account of the significance of racism in the lives of five and six year old children, drawing upon data from an in-depth study of an inner-city, multi-ethnic primary school and its surrounding community. It represents one of the only detailed studies to give primacy to the voices of the young children themselves - giving them the space to articulate their own experiences and concerns. Together with detailed observation of the children in the school and local community, it provides an important account of how and why they draw upon discourses on race in the development of their gender identities.
The book graphically highlights the understanding that these children have of issues of race, gender and sexuality and the active role they play in using and reworking this knowledge to make sense of their experiences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Racism, Culture and Identity: Towards a Theory of Practice; Chapter 3 The Racialisation of National Political Discourses; Chapter 4 Living in the Inner City: The Manor Park Estate; Chapter 5 Teacher Discourses and East Avenue Primary School; Chapter 6 From Boys to Men? Black Boys in the Field of Masculine Peer-Group Relations; Chapter 7 Invisible Masculinities? South Asian Boys at East Avenue; Chapter 8 The Field of Feminine Peer-Group Relations and Black Girls; Chapter 9 The ‘Sexual Other’? South Asian Girls at East Avenue; Chapter 10 Conclusions;

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Paul Connolly


'While recognising the need for further research, Connolly offers a fascinating and convincing analysis of some young children's peer cultures. His analysis if of great practical value in identifying key issues which must be addressed in the development of anti-racist and anti-sexist education.' - - British Journal of Educational Studies

'There are plenty of ideas in the book to provoke thought and challenge some assumptions about children's awareness of the adult world.' - Nursery World

'The book is particularly interesting in bringing to the fore the impact of politics and policy on the shaping of young children's identities, attitudes and beliefs. And it is for this reason that I would recommend this book to teachers and educational psychologists.' - Janice Shaw, Debate, British Psychological Society