Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life. Annette Lareau .. on Longitudinal Ethnography and the Families’ Reactions to Unequal Childhoods. ( pp. 1. Question and Answers: Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life. University of California Press. What made you decide to write this. In her book, Unequal Childhoods, she explains that middle-class families raised their children in a different way than working-class and.
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Thus the difficulty of discussing class in America. Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments 1. I have been meaning to read this book for years. Overall an intriguing book, and I believe that Lareau presents several thoughtful ideas in the course of her study, which focuses on the lives of middle and working- class children ages 9 or 10 from various families.
I knew this, but it’s nice to hear again lareak having a family is hard pareau, especially when you’re your own best resource. 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 annettte 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.
One caveat — the author is really repetitive.
cjildhoods The Power and Limits of Social Class. On one level this is a very high quality piece of research – but it never feels dry or lifeless.
Poor and working class parents do not know how the game is played, and uneqial a consequence, their kids consistently lose. The topic of the book is very interesting to me yet I feel the words lend themselves to bias, Then again, I probably add my own biases into the mix.
Though she mentions a working-class person’s ability, in contrast, to argue with a landlord or cable company, she does not talk about a sense of entitlement to explain the behavior in those cases.
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
Dec 10, Lynn rated it it was amazing. This book was assigned to me as a pre-reading for my Masters of Arts in Teaching program. It brought together a lot of issues about which I had thought before but which had never quite gelled for me, until now. I guess I gave it four stars rather than five because, although it had great take-away, it was a bit dry.
They attended sporting events, spent the night in the family’s home, and attended a doctor’s visit to observe the differences between the working- and lower-class families, and middle-class families. This book really challenged me to look outside the box when it comes This book was assigned to me as a pre-reading for my Masters of Arts in Teaching program.
Other editions – View all Unequal Childhoods: I read it for my Sociology class. I suppose, however, that this childhoode had to be sacrificed in order to maintain a sense of professionalism.
And the great value of this culture is fully lost at educational institutions. An excellent sociological expose of the way families of various means raise children and the potential effects of differences between their childhoods. Indeed, as she writes, though middle class children may be more prepared to interact with authority than their working- class counterparts, they often have trouble organizing their own free time, as they have grown so accustomed to such a level of structure in their lives.
I did however learn of Pierre Bourdieu, father of the class deprivation theory. This book is the research that Gladwell based his chapter in Outliers on.
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau
I felt that Lareau’s discussion of “concerted cultivation” vs. Years ago, when I started on Good Reads, I read Outliers by Gladwell and one of the things I found particularly interesting in that book was the discussion of research into the differences between how working class and lardau class kids behaved. 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.
Many of the middle class parents are remarkably specific about these demands and the advantages the various activities they organise for their children provide them with for their futures.
Yes, economic constraints keep their children from expensive extracurriculars. The parenting style, favored by middle-class families, in which parents encourage negotiation and discussion and the questioning of authority, and enroll their children in extensive organized activity participation. For me the most relevant part of the book came towards the end when Lareau interviewed the now university-aged participants: 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.
Social Structure and Daily Life.
The parenting style, favored by working-class and lower-class families, in which parents issue directives to their children rather than negotiations, encourage the following and trusting of childhooda in authority positions, and do not structure their children’s daily activities, but rather let the children play on their own. Needless to say, such a conversation was never observed in a working class family.
Hardly any other studies have the rich, intensive ethnographic focus on family of Unequal Childhoods. It details the gaps in educational opportunities due to socio-economic status. To ask other readers questions about Unequal Childhoodsplease sign up. I could go on and on and on about this book but I’ll stop. A decade later, Annette Lareau cnildhoods revisited the same families and unequall the original subjects to examine the impact of social class in the transition to adulthood.
There is a lovely part where a father and son are talking about comic book heroes and the son needs to justify what he has said about various characters with reference to the various texts. I also applaud Lareau’s refusal to make this division in children’s opportunities into a racial issue, which too many tend to discount it as. 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.
Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau – Paperback – University of California Press
Gladwell picks out a particularly telling incident in his use of this research — a working class boy and a middle class boy both preparing to go to see the doctor. In this section, she discusses the tendency of middle class families to schedule their children’s free time, preparing them for challenges they foresee in the adult world, whereas most working- class families prefer to allow children’s leisure time to remain unscheduled.
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. When children are enrolled in the same public school system, theoretically have access to the same extra-curricular activities and the same social safety nets, why is there still such a discrepancy.