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Children's use of multiple categorisations in practice in a multicultural setting.

Woods, Ruth

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Ruth Woods



Abstract

Little is known about whether and how children combine categories of race, ethnicity, language and religion in multicultural settings where more than one of these dimensions is salient. Ethnographic data from a multicultural London primary school found that children usually organised multiple categories congruently (e.g. 'If you're Indian you are Sikh'), despite strong opposition from teachers. This congruent organisation may originate in an undifferentiated experience of categories in the family, and/or represent the best 'fit' with a local population in which categories were correlated. Children used congruent organisation to infer peers' group membership, which may amplify intergroup contrasts.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 30, 2018
Journal Children and society
Print ISSN 0951-0605
Electronic ISSN 1099-0860
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 5
Pages 357-367
Institution Citation WOODS, R. 2018. Children's use of multiple categorisations in practice in a multicultural setting. Children and society, [online], 32(5), pages 357-367. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12254
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12254
Keywords Children; Multiculturalism; Multiple categorisation; Ethnicity; Religion

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