We are excited to announce our next Book Club will be a discussion of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (2018). Join us for what looks to be a great conversation on November 13th! And we are also excited to offer a special Integrated Schools discount on the purchase of this book (details below).
American kids are living in a world of ongoing public debates about race, daily displays of racial injustice, and for some, an increased awareness surrounding diversity and inclusion. In this heated context, sociologist Margaret Hagerman zeroes in on affluent, white kids to observe how they make sense of privilege, unequal educational opportunities, and police violence. In fascinating detail, Hagerman considers the role that they and their families play in the reproduction of racism and racial inequality in America.
White Kids, based on two years of research involving in-depth interviews with white kids and their families, is a clear-eyed and sometimes shocking account of how white kids learn about race. In doing so, this book explores questions such as, “How do white kids learn about race when they grow up in families that do not talk openly about race or acknowledge its impact?” and “What about children growing up in families with parents who consider themselves to be ‘anti-racist’?”
Featuring the actual voices of young, affluent white kids and what they think about race, racism, inequality, and privilege, White Kids illuminates how white racial socialization is much more dynamic, complex, and varied than previously recognized. It is a process that stretches beyond white parents’ explicit conversations with their white children and includes not only the choices parents make about neighborhoods, schools, peer groups, extracurricular activities, and media, but also the choices made by the kids themselves. By interviewing kids who are growing up in different racial contexts—from racially segregated to meaningfully integrated and from politically progressive to conservative—this important book documents key differences in the outcomes of white racial socialization across families. And by observing families in their everyday lives, this book explores the extent to which white families, even those with anti-racist intentions, reproduce and reinforce the forms of inequality they say they reject.
HOW Book Club WORKS:
- REGISTER by clicking on the time slot that works best for you… (We keep these conversation groups small to encourage meaningful discussion. We also try to offer a variety of times to accommodate lives and time zones. Please let us know if you’re interested in participating but cannot make one of these times work &/or if you need to cancel).
- Get the book.
- To order the book (and receive a 30% discount + free shipping!!!!!!), go to NYUPress and use the code INSCH18. This discount is good through November.
- Read the book.
- At your chosen time, log in through your computer or phone (it’s easy and free), and join the conversation online with parents from across the country.
- Invite your friends, share on social media!
Links to earlier Book Club readings: Session One (Hannah-Jones), Session Two (Erikson), Session Three (Posey-Maddox), Session Four (Tatum), Session Five (Rooks), Session Six (Hannah-Jones Pt.2), Session Seven (Enjeti, Hannah-Jones, AtlanticLIVE)
If you’re interested in starting an in-person Integrated Schools Book Club in your community, drop us a line. And, as always, please email with any questions, suggestions or comments – we’d love to hear from you!