Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Critical Race Socialization of Black Children
by Watts, Janay Mae, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 147; 10750855
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative research study offers a new model through which to examine Black motherhood as resistance to institutionalized racism, being driven in part by the current mortality rate of Black children in the United States of America. Six mothers who self-identify as Black and activists were interviewed about how they resist racism through how they raise their children. Two major findings emerged and are discussed at depth within this study: Critical Race Socialization and Countering Mis-education. The Critical Race Socialization process is a new way to examine a critical, intentional process of racial socialization towards liberation taken on by Black mothers. The Critical Race Socialization process combines key components of Critical Race Theory, Pedagogies of the Home, Oppressed Family Pedagogy and Harro’s cycles of socialization and liberation. Recommendations provided in the conclusion of this study encourage new Black mothers to center race and other sites of oppression in their pedagogy, utilizing age appropriate material for children when speaking about the truths of the world and Blackness. The study also calls for a village of support to be built around Black children, and for educators working with Black children to develop a critical repertoire of the lived experiences of Black people and trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perez Huber, Lindsay
Commitee: Abdullah, Melina, Collins, Patrice
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Pedagogy, Education
Keywords: Critical, Race, Socialization, Theory
Publication Number: 10750855
ISBN: 978-0-438-14810-9
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