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Unequal Childhoods

Class, Race, and Family Life
Lareau, Annette (Book - 2003 )
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Unequal Childhoods


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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.
Authors: Lareau, Annette
Title: Unequal childhoods
class, race, and family life
Publisher: Berkeley :, University of California Press,, c2003
Characteristics: xii, 331 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Annette Lareau
Contents: Concerted cultivation and the accomplishment of natural growth
Social structure and daily life
The hectic pace of concerted cultivation
A child's pace
Children's play is for children
Developing a child
Language as a conduit for social life
Concerted cultivation in organizational spheres
Concerted cultivation gone awry
Letting educators lead the way
Beating with a belt, fearing "the school"
The power and limits of social class
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0520239504
9780520239500
0520237633
9780520237636
Branch Call Number: 305.23 L321u 2003
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