Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (Google eBook)
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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Review: Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family LifeUser Review - Antonia - Goodreads
This should be mandatory reading for anyone working in education, social services, mental health or the medical field. Or by anyone who ever enters those arenas. So basically, everybody should read this book. Read full review
Review: Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family LifeUser Review - Laura Hughes - Goodreads
Upfront, I am not an educator or sociology student. I don't remember why I requested this from the library--I must have read about it in the notes of a pop-social-science book, a Malcolm Gladwell or ... Read full review
PART I ORGANIZATION OF DAILY LIFE
PART III FAMILIES AND INSTITUTIONS
PART IV UNEQUAL CHILDHOODS AND UNEQUAL ADULTHOODS
Enduring Dilemmas in Fieldwork