Racial-ethnic socialization in white families in Germany

What do parents want to teach their children about their heritage-culture and dealing with diversity? What should children know and understand about their own belonging? Who are the "others" in this context?

Parents as key socialization agents play an important role in providing children with orientation in a changing society and ultimately reducing prejudice and inequality (Umaña-Taylor & Hill, 2020).

Racial-ethnic socialization (RES) is the “full range of parental practices that communicate messages about ethnicity and race to children” (Hughes et al., 2008, p. 226). RES has been studied almost exclusively in the United States. Only recently, white majority families have become the focus of research, RES has received little attention in Germany so far.

In the present project, we exploratively assess RES in white German families via qualitative interviews. For this purpose, interviews with parents in an East German city have already been conducted and analyzed. Now, in the second part of the project, families in Duisburg will be interviewed.