Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Aug 12, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 343 pages
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Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Drawing on in-depth observations of black and white middle-class, working-class, and poor families, "Unequal Childhoods "explores this fact, offering a picture of childhood today. Here are the frenetic families managing their children's hectic schedules of "leisure" activities; and here are families with plenty of time but little economic security. Lareau shows how middle-class parents, whether black or white, engage in a process of "concerted cultivation" designed to draw out children's talents and skills, while working-class and poor families rely on "the accomplishment of natural growth," in which a child's development unfolds spontaneously as long as basic comfort, food, and shelter are provided. Each of these approaches to childrearing brings its own benefits and its own drawbacks. In identifying and analyzing differences between the two, Lareau demonstrates the power, and limits, of social class in shaping the lives of America's children. The first edition of "Unequal Childhoods" was an instant classic, portraying in riveting detail the unexpected ways in which social class influences parenting in white and African-American families. A decade later, Annette Lareau has revisited the same families and interviewed the original subjects to examine the impact of social class in the transition to adulthood."
  

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Most Americans see individual effort as the key to success, with fewer than one in five seeing class or race as very important in getting ahead in life. The reality is that social class is a more ... Read full review

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Contents

Concerted Cultivation and the Accomplishment of Natural Growth
1
Social Structure and Daily Life
14
THE ORGANIZATION OF DAILY LIFE
33
The Hectic Pace of Concerted Cultivation Garrett Tallinger
38
A Childs Pace Tyrec Taylor
66
Childrens Play Is for Children Katie Brindle
82
LANGUAGE USE
105
Developing a Child Alexander Williams
108
Concerted Cultivation Gone Awry Melanie Handlon
182
Letting Educators Lead the Way Wendy Driver
198
Beating with a Belt Fearing the School Little Billy Yanelli
221
The Power and Limits of Social Class
233
Methodology Enduring Dilemmas in Fieldwork
259
Theory Understanding the Work of Pierre Bourdieu
275
Supporting Tables
279
Notes
289

Language as a Conduit for Social Life Harold McAllister
134
FAMILIES AND INSTITUTIONS
161
Concerted Cultivation in Organizational Spheres Stacey Marshall
165

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Annette Lareau is the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education and coeditor of Journeys through Ethnography: Realistic Accounts of Fieldwork; Education Research on Trial; and Social Class: How Does it Work?

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