Research on Cultural Socialization

Research Question 1

Our research community investigates cultural variation in socialization of children. Our work is grounded in theories and scholarship across disciplines, with an emphasis on critical perspectives, macro-level ideologies and narratives, and social constructions of childhood. Current research projects focus on understanding how parents across ethnic/racial groups construct and regulate children’s access to what they deem is emotionally “difficult knowledge” pertaining to race and racism. Students in the lab are leading investigations into a broad range of topics including anti-Asian discrimination and socialization of Asian-American youth, cultural factors shaping the identity of Indian adolescents, how gentrification in Newark shapes the identity of Black youth, and decolonizing the conceptualization and measurement of Mexican children’s cognitive development. Across all the studies, we employ various methods (e.g., observational, survey, visual, qualitative) to understand the contexts and discourses that shape the lives of young children. 

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