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date: 14 April 2021

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Individuals’ experiences around ethnicity and race can profoundly shape both their understanding of injustice and their concern for justice. This chapter delineates three processes—ethnic-racial discrimination, socialization, and identity—through which race and ethnicity can inform moral development. These three processes reflect important ways in which race and ethnicity make their way into the daily experiences, thoughts, and feelings of youth. The authors first discuss how youth experience and respond to marginalization and unfair treatment (discrimination). They then discuss myriad messages youth negotiate in interracial contexts and how they construct ethnic-racial identities, with particular attention paid to how such identities may intersect with youths’ concerns for justice. The chapter concludes with directions for future research.

Keywords: ethnic discrimination, racial discrimination, ethnic socialization, racial socialization, ethnic identity, racial identity, justice

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