Unequal Childhoods

Class, Race, and Family Life

Lareau, Annette

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Unequal Childhoods
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.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780520237636
Branch Call Number: 305.23 L321u 2003
Characteristics: xii, 331 p. ;,23 cm


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Lareau examines the impact of class across race on the quality of education a child can receive. Research students actually "moved in" with the families in the study in order to collect data.

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