Margaret Hagerman (Sociology, Mississippi State University)
White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (New York University Press, September 2018)
Meets as Part of Controversies About Inequality
Talk available via Zoom Webinar - Link Forthcoming
Abstract: Children growing up in the United States are living in a world with ongoing public debates about race, daily displays of racial violence, and for some, an increased awareness surrounding inequality. Based on two years of ethnographic research with affluent, white kids and their families, this talk examines how white kids learn about race, racism, inequality, and privilege in the contexts of their families and everyday lives. This talk explores how white racial socialization 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. Featuring the actual voices of young, affluent white kids and what they think about race, racism, inequality, and privilege, this talk explores how white racial socialization is much more dynamic, complex, and varied than previously recognized.
Bio: Margaret A. Hagerman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University and is a Faculty Affiliate in both the African American Studies and Gender Studies programs. She is an award-winning author of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (NYU Press 2019), and she is a nationally recognized expert on white racial socialization processes. Dr. Hagerman’s work has been featured in a range of media outlets such as PBS Newshour, Good Morning America, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Time, L.A. Times, Libération, Good Housekeeping and on acclaimed radio programs including NPR’s Marketplace, BBC World News, and CBC’s The Current. She has also visited a number of schools and communities across the country to share her work with parents, teachers, neighborhood associations, school administrators, and young people.