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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The second part describes differences in language use between middle-class families and poorer families. The other thing I found remarkably interesting was the observation that middle class kids frequently talked about how much they hated their siblings, while this was never something the researchers observed in the working class kids.

If they cnildhoods in the after-school care program, they had 30 minutes to do their homework, then they played out in the parking lot next to the school which served as their playground people were uneaual enough to not park there during school hours. To the contrary, it’s a compelling read; avoiding an academic writing style in favour of a direct, simple, first person narrative.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

Because the boy has been brought up in a world where adults are more or less at his beck and call, childhoosd has no trouble in challenging the doctor to explain himself more clearly or in seeking additional information from him.

Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods 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. 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.


Oct 18, Laura Papsun rated it liked it Recommends it for: 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.

I appreciated Lareau’s readiness to see the merits of both, as well as their faults.

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

From my perspective I could relate to many of the issues that were discussed in this book and that made it extremely interesting to read. Although I had to read this as a text for a class, as a parent I found some really great insight.

As a teacher, I found that this illuminated uunequal me the places where my parents struggle in helping to meet the demands of education today it is no longer acceptable, as it might once have been to just assume that children will get everything that they need. My second student teaching practicum was in Washington Heights in a largely Hispanic school.

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. Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children.

Aug 23, Jill marked it as to-read.

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. Selected pages Title Page.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau

Her depiction of this new world of childhood–and her comparison of the middle-class ideal of systematic cultivation to the more naturalistic approach to child development to which many working-class parents still adhere–maps a critically important dimension of American family life and raises challenging questions for parents and policy makers. Class, Race, and Family Life.

Letting Educators Lead the Way: This book really challenged me to look outside the box when it comes to social class. This is a seriously interesting look at the differences between how working class and middle class raise their children and the consequences of these differences. The Hectic Pace of Concerted Cultivation: Made me think about the choices I make with my kids. Basically Lareau’s thinking is that working class and poor parents allow their children the “accomplishment of natural growth” which is largely because the parents have little or not involvement in their kids lives while middle class parents use “concerted cultivation” because they make every effort to the point of ridiculous schedules to develop I read this for a sociology class at school.


That was interesting reading, as the feelings were so diverse. Yes, the middle class is in sync with major cultural institutions and this gives them advantages. I did however learn of Pierre Bourdieu, father of the class de I have to say that this book was surprising to me in the observations unspoken. Theory Understanding the Work of Pierre Bourdieu.

That is, something identical to what will be expected of him at school. I’ve decided to have my qualitative research methods class read it for Spring View all 13 comments. I’m not sure you really want to get me started on this book so I’ll try to condense and keep it brief This was such an insightful book from a parent’s perspective.

As with any study, researcher bias might be a factor throughout, and I wonder if another researcher would attempt to replicate this study, how the data would be reported and what themes would emerge. Leaving no stone unturned, Lareau builds an unassailable case that we are all responsible for the future of public education and each others children.

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