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Racialization in Public and Private: Memories of First Racial Experiences
Race and Social Problems
  • Shannon K. Carter, University of Central Florida
  • Leslie H. Picca, University of Dayton
  • Brittany N. Murray, University of Central Florida
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
12-1-2012
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
Citation Information
Shannon K. Carter, Leslie H. Picca and Brittany N. Murray. "Racialization in Public and Private: Memories of First Racial Experiences" Race and Social Problems Vol. 4 Iss. 3 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leslie-picca/8/