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MAXIMO, Thaís Augusta Cunha de Oliveira; LARRAIN, Leoncio Francisco Camino Rodriguez; NUNES, Aline Vieira de Lima  and  LINS, Samuel Lincoln Bezerra. Processes of social identity and racial exclusion in childhood. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.3, pp.507-526. ISSN 1677-1168.

Theoretical reflection on the processes of racial exclusion in the construction of the identity of black children in Brazil is still scarce. This present research triggered concern about the possible consequences of racial discrimination in the construction of identity in children and adolescents. Interviews were conducted with 161 children, aged 9 and 12 years in a public school. Figures of white, brown and black children were used as stimulus material, prepared based on stereotypical traits and interviewers asked about auto-categorization and racial preference. It was observed a tendency of whitening in racial self-categorization showing white figures as having socially favorable characteristics (beauty and communicability) and figures to brown and black, as having socially undesirable characteristics (dishonesty), as a symbol of racial preference.

Keywords : Identity; Racial exclusion; Whitening.

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