Children's use of multiple categorisations in practice in a multicultural setting.
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|
|Publisher||Wiley Open Access|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|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|
|Keywords||Children; Multiculturalism; Multiple categorisation; Ethnicity; Religion|
WOODS 2018 Children's use of multiple categorisations