Title

Racialization in Public and Private: Memories of First Racial Experiences

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2012

Publication Source

Race and Social Problems

Abstract

Research suggests retention of childhood memories into adulthood requires such memories to hold a certain amount of importance. Therefore, initial racial memories likely play a role in one’s racialization process, or formulation of an understanding of race. This study uses data from 49 in-depth interviews with white undergraduate students on memories of their first experiences of race. Data generally fell into the categories of private and public racialization. Private racialization included accounts of events that took place at home, primarily consisting of racist joking, derogatory comments, and family storytelling. Public racialization consisted of events that took place outside the home, most commonly at school. Data also revealed interactions between private and public realms, where accommodations were made in private to control, minimize or restrict interracial contact in public.

Inclusive pages

133-143

ISBN/ISSN

1867-1748

Comments

The document to be made available for download in compliance with publisher policy on self-archiving is the authors' accepted manuscript. Some differences may exist between this version and the version of record, which is available online using the DOI provided. Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Springer

Volume

4

Issue

3