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Author Lareau, Annette.

Title Unequal childhoods : class, race, and family life / Annette Lareau.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.

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 Moore Stacks  HQ767.9 .L37 2003    Available  ---
Description xii, 331 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-323) and index.
Contents Concerted cultivation and the accomplishment of natural growth -- Social structure and daily life -- The hectic pace of concerted cultivation -- A child's pace -- Children's play is for children -- Developing a child -- Language as a conduit for social life -- Concerted cultivation in organizational spheres -- Concerted cultivation gone awry -- Letting educators lead the way -- Beating with a belt, fearing "the school" -- The power and limits of social class.
Summary 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.
Subject Children -- Social conditions.
ISBN 0520239504 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0520237633 (cloth : alk. paper)