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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Realistic Accounts of Fieldwork This book gives readers a great structure for making sense of how class informs parenting approaches. Thus the difficulty of discussing class in America. I have been meaning to read this book for years.

It discusses at great length the differences in parenting techniques and resources based on lifestyle, income, access to schools etc. Not an easy read as the vocabulary and style is quite academic which for me borders on boring but that is me.

Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau – Paperback – University of California Press

In this edition discusses their reactions to her findings. I think I read it in one night. 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.

We need to stigmatize the ability to properly interact with a doctor? When I finished reading his review I started thinking back to when I was raising my daughters and began mentally ticking off the study criteria and conclusions he mentioned in his review. I was able to relate to some of Yes, the parents’ education and occupational experience limits their understanding of professional jargon a point that really could have been made more of in the “What is to be done” section. Class, Race, and Family Life is a non-fiction book by American sociologist Annette Lareau based upon a study of 88 African American, and white families of which only 12 were discussed to understand the impact of how social class makes a difference in family life, more specifically in children’s lives.

She emphasizes the use of concerted cultivationand natural growth as tools parents in different social and economic classes use in order to raise their children and by continuing her research ten years later she is able to show how these methods of child rearing helped to cultivate the children into the adults they are today.


Theory Understanding the Work of Pierre Bourdieu. I felt that Lareau’s discussion of “concerted cultivation” vs.

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. Lareau shows the many ways in which social background impacts children’s ability to childhooxs important social institutions, such as the educational system. Lareau as a sociologist, is that she took an inordinate amount of pages to justify uunequal she did the study in the xnnette she did, and why she came to the conclusions she did.

Mar 05, Duhita rated it really liked it. Developing a Child Alexander Williams. This book will help generations of chilrhoods understand that organized soccer and pick-up basketball have everything to do with the inequality of life chances. Is that the best way to gain respect or is that even real respect? This is a good read. 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.

Supporting Tables Appendix D. 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.

For the black children studied, the issues of race were toxic enhancements to common general outcomes that resulted from parenting strategies deployed by poor, working – and middle – class parents. So basically, everybody should read this book.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

Unequal Childhoods is an ethnography that centers on the naturalistic observations in the homes and daily activities of selected year-old students in neighborhoods surrounding Philadelphia. Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration “Drawing upon remarkably detailed case studies of parents and children going about their daily lives, Lareau argues that middle-class and working-class families operate with different logics of childrearing, which both reflect and contribute to the transmission of inequality.

Here are the frenetic families managing their children’s hectic schedules of “leisure” activities; and here are families Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children.

I understand that this was an ethnological study and thereby needs clear demographic boundaries. In identifying and analyzing differences between the two, Lareau demonstrates the power, and limits, of social class chiildhoods shaping the lives of America’s children.


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Rich and readable description of the way social class shapes annette with institutions. The book doesn’t idealize working class backgrounds, but actually adds theoretical and empirical heft to Paul Willis’ classic of a generation ago, Learning to Labor: This book really is fascinating and deserves to be read.

Lareau found her earlier conclusions remained true: But discussions of what stops others from doing the same don’t precisely tie into the thesis. Parents sent kids to school with candy as their lunch not in their lunch, that was lunch.

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. Sep 12, Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course I love that it deals with differences in family life as they relate to social class, but I am also amazed at its thoroughness, sensitivity, and scope.

Leaving no stone unturned, Lareau childgoods an unassailable case that we are all responsible for the future of public education and each others children.

Trivia About Unequal Childhood In this major study, Lareau provides the tools to make sense of the frenzied middle-class obsession with their offspring’s extracurricular activities; the similarities between black and white professionals; and the paths on which poor and working class kids are put by their circumstances. In the case of the middle class boy his mother literally rehearses the likely exchange between the boy and the doctor in the car on the way there.

I end up feeling that the book begs the questions. To see what your friends thought of lzreau book, please sign up. She’s described how radically child-rearing techniques in upper-middle-class homes differ from those in working-class and poor homes, and what this means for the prospects of the kids inside.

She is the author of Home Advantage: This blindness is something I have often observed in my fellow university students, many of whom receive financial support from their parents it also isn’t uncommon for said parents to do their laundry, book them onto revision courses, buy them cars, assist them unequsl buying apartments etc.