'You want to be a girl and not my friend': African-American/black girls' play activities with and without boys

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Few researchers have closely examined intersections between race and gender in the social relations of children, and the voices and experiences of African-American girls have been notably absent in the literature on children's peer relations. This article, based on fieldwork with the first-graders in two racially mixed US elementary schools, draws upon Black feminist theory to examine intersections between gender and racialized ethnicity, especially in the experiences of African-American girls. Findings suggest that racial positioning and gender of the African-American girls hold different meanings according to the context. The impact of race and gender as intersecting forces on the girls' peer interactions are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-414
Number of pages18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes



  • African-American girls
  • Ethnography
  • Mixed-gender play
  • Peer cultures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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