Date: 2009-09-07 10:29 am (UTC)
Yes, although as we've been discussing above, 'resilience' talk is often used in really problematic, heavily normalising ways. I guess part of what I'm gesturing to in this post is that this protectiveness isn't only problematic because it imposes such a narrow sense of who a child ought to be, but because it constructs certain things in the outside world as harmful: as things against which a child must be protected. If a white child has been 'protected' from people who, say, are darker complected than he or she, and is cautiously introduced to them, then that framing of that encounter is going to matter; it's going to inflect how that child experiences that difference; i.e., as something to be cautious of, something that might damage and so on. Same for any other kind of difference. Mmm. ramblemramble :-)
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