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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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However, it gives the children a sense of entitlement. Keep a notebook at hand, don’t forget a pen, and don’t feel poorly about yourself if your family raised you sans concerted cultivationyou’ll still do just fine. That is, something identical to what will be expected of him at school. 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 middle class kids behaved.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So that the contribution of people not in the middle class is squandered. This method has benefits that prepare the children for a job in the “working” or “poor-class” jobs, teaches the children to respect and take the advice of people in authority, and allows the children to become independent at a younger age.

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.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In the second edition, Lareau revisits the subjects from the original study a decade later in order to examine the impact of social class on the transition to adulthood.

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.

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. To the contrary, it’s a compelling read; avoiding an academic writing style in favour of a direct, simple, first person narrative. This was such an insightful book from a parent’s perspective. The only negative comment I have about the book, and about Ms. Only a few families are discussed, but they are discussed thoroughly and compared throughout.


Thus the difficulty of discussing class in America. For me the most relevant part of the book came towards the end when Lareau interviewed the now university-aged participants: Unequal Childhoods thoughtfully demonstrates that class differences in cultural resources, played out in the daily routines of parenting, can have a powerful impact on children’s chances for climbing the class ladder and achieving the American dream.

Some even gave money back to their parents as rent, for example, if they still lived at home. Another thing I found fascinating is that many of the behaviours teachers interpret as signs of intelligence asking insightful questions, making eye contact, speaking clearly, backing up one’s statements with evidence etc.

The middle class youth were more likely to be in courses that would lead to professional type occupations like business, medicine and law.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The book is divided into three parts.

Methodology Enduring Dilemmas in Fieldwork. Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration “Drawing upon remarkably detailed case studies of parents and children going lareauu 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. 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.

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. It discusses at great length the differences in parenting techniques and resources based on lifestyle, income, access to schools etc.

Jun 23, Leighanne Medina rated it really liked it. Everything matters, and unfortunately, best intentions are not enough. You might expect that if you spent such an extended period in twelve different households, what you would gather is twelve different ideas about how to raise children On the other hand, not every nonfiction book can be Freakonomics. A decade later, Annette Lareau has revisited the same families and interviewed the original subjects to examine the impact of social class in childhoosd transition to adulthood.


The second part describes differences in language use between middle-class families and poorer families.

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.

Katie Brindle Part II. 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. I am pleased that I read this edition as it had knequal chapters following up on most of the original participants into their adult years. Each chapter in Unequal Childhoods narrates the hours of recorded field notes with each target participant.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life – Annette Lareau – Google Books

I end up feeling that the book begs the questions. Granted there are many family types and lifestyles not presented in the book, but the book provides an important glimpse into the intersection of families and society.

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. Somet Overall an intriguing book, and I believe that Lareau childhopds 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.

Concerted Cultivation in Organizational Spheres: Americans don’t consider social class often enough in evaluating systemic bias in schooling as well as career opportunities. Concerted cultivation Middle class Working class Social class.