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Race and Ethnicity

Anoop Nayak

in Childhood Studies

ISBN: 9780199791231
Published online March 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0113
Race and Ethnicity

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It is widely accepted that race is a fictitious category used to divide the human population in ways that may benefit some at the expense of others. Despite appeals to a common humanity, many people continue to give meaning to the fallacy of race to the extent that it remains a central organizing principle in modern society. Ethnicity, on the other hand, refers to the cultural habits of a particular group such as language, diet, music, rituals, pastimes, family, and kinship relations. Importantly, ethnicity is practiced in diverse ways and is not an unchanging, fixed, or bounded category. Appropriately, the work cited here approaches race and ethnicity as fluid and unstable categories in the lives of children and young people. It asks a set of critical questions, such as: How do children and young people view race? What difference does ethnicity make to childhood and youth? What role does racism and anti-racism play in young lives? Is race still a valuable concept for understanding future generations who are living in a rapidly globalizing, multicultural environment? As this entry demonstrates, race and ethnicity are ever-present in young lives and afford important ways for understanding children and young people’s transitions into adulthood.

Article.  11138 words. 

Subjects: Development Studies

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