Dismantling systems of racism and oppression during adolescence: An agenda for anti-racist research

Laura Wray-Lake, Dawn P. Witherspoon, Linda C. Halgunseth, Amanda Sheffield Morris

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Abstract

In reflecting on the collection of work in the recent Journal of Research on Adolescence special series and what it means for research to dismantle systems of racism and oppression, we call for adolescent development researchers to embrace anti-racist research. We describe a set of strategies for conceptualizing, conducting, and disseminating research with adolescents using an anti-racist lens. These strategies flow from tenets of anti-racist research that include recognizing racism as systemic and being critically self-reflective on power and privilege, committed to doing no harm to adolescents, action-oriented, and community-centered. Despite obstacles to anti-racist research in academic and public ecosystems, anti-racist research is essential if we are interested in equity in adolescent' development and the well-being of all adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1285-1297
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • anti-oppressive research
  • anti-racism
  • critical race theory

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