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Transracialization

  • By: Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The term transracialization is often used to refer to acquiring (or appropriating) knowledge of race and racial identity, attributes, and behaviors of individuals or groups whose race is different from one's own. An individual might, for example, incorporate knowledge of racial characteristics based on exposure to a different racial group through family, or living immersed in a racially specific community. The process of taking on racial knowledge and characteristics is an act of crossing-over, changing, or melding physical and cultural differences ascribed to specific racial groups.

Transracialization includes a process of identifying and reconsidering one's position of power; particularly power linked to racial hierarchy, racial identity, and attitudes linked to racial identity experience. A component of the work in multicultural education promotes acceptance, understanding, and change ...

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