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Why Are They Always White Children? An Analysis of Racial Representation in American Children's Literature

Abstract

Experiencing children’s literature--being read to, looking at illustrations and absorbing common narratives--is a key source of socialization in American society. Arguably, the representation of race in children’s literature molds children’s understanding of the role that race plays in social dynamics in society. Through scholarly literature and primary analysis of select children’s books, my presentation examines how children’s literature influences how we think, talk and understand racial dynamics in the United States. How is the consumption and production of “the other” racialized and politicized in the text and illustrations of American children’s literature? How does children’s literature contribute to the socialization of children in areas of racial and ethnic discourses?

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Suzanne Morrissey

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Race and Representation

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Maxey 104

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Oral Presentation

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Why Are They Always White Children? An Analysis of Racial Representation in American Children's Literature

Maxey 104

Experiencing children’s literature--being read to, looking at illustrations and absorbing common narratives--is a key source of socialization in American society. Arguably, the representation of race in children’s literature molds children’s understanding of the role that race plays in social dynamics in society. Through scholarly literature and primary analysis of select children’s books, my presentation examines how children’s literature influences how we think, talk and understand racial dynamics in the United States. How is the consumption and production of “the other” racialized and politicized in the text and illustrations of American children’s literature? How does children’s literature contribute to the socialization of children in areas of racial and ethnic discourses?

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