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Riveting stories of how affluent white children learn about race

American kids are living in a world of ongoing public debates about race, daily displays of racial injustice, and for some, an increased awareness surrounding diversity and inclusion. In this heated context, sociologist Margaret A. Hagerman zeroes in on affluent white kids to observe how they make sense of privilege, unequal educational opportunities, and police violence. In fascinating detail, Hagerman considers the role that they and their families play in the reproduction of racism and racial inequality in America.

White Kids, based on two years of research involving in-depth interviews with white kids and their families, is a clear-eyed and sometimes shocking account of how white kids learn about race. In doing so, this book explores questions such as, "How do white kids learn about race when they grow up in families that do not talk openly about race or acknowledge its impact?" and "What about children growing up in families with parents who consider themselves to be 'anti-racist'?"

Featuring the actual voices of young, affluent white kids and what they think about race, racism, inequality, and privilege, White Kids illuminates how white racial socialization is much more dynamic, complex, and varied than previously recognized. It is a process that stretches beyond white parents' explicit conversations with their white children and includes not only the choices parents make about neighborhoods, schools, peer groups, extracurricular activities, and media, but also the choices made by the kids themselves. By interviewing kids who are growing up in different racial contexts - from racially segregated to meaningfully integrated and from politically progressive to conservative - this important book documents key differences in the outcomes of white racial socialization across families. And by observing families in their everyday lives, this book explores the extent to which white families, even those with anti-racist intentions, reproduce and reinforce the forms of inequality they say they reject.

©2018 Margaret A. Hagerman (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Amazing Perspective!!

I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Hagermans inside scoop on the mind of affluent white children. I thought she did a wonderful job using quotes of the children and parents and the applying it to the study of race- and the inter connectedness of race, racial profiling, and the criminal injustice system. It was a great read, and I highly recommend this book.

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Agenda

I wanted to read a good ethnography but there was too much agenda within the writing that it turned me off. The reader mocks the speakers who have a conservative agenda and the writer describes their homes as “cookie cutter” while describing the homes of liberal whites as “eclectic”. Had the potential to be interesting and informative but it fell flat for me.

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One must listen hard.

The theme is of critical nature and the stories were strong but they were drone to me. I get the point and I see it every day. I would only recommend it to some families, colleagues and others.

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