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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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This book really is fascinating and deserves to be read. Lareau and h Everyone thinks they understand the concept of inequality, whether based on economic standing, race, education or environment. Lareau comments in a lecture captured on YouTube https: She became almost apologetic and, if I dare say it, whiny in her attempt to explain. Unequal Childhoods changed my views on child development and the impact of race and class more than any other book I have read.

This made them appear older than the middle class participants who generally had less work experience, and the majority of whom had attended college after going through an extensive preparatory process of investigating various institutions and receiving much greater support and involvement of their parents in making their decision, both about the college to attend and the courses to take.

Paperbackpages. Basil Bernstein made very similar observations in relation to working class and middle class kids in England in the s. Her findings and conclusions were interesting and sometimes a little disturbing, but truthfully, not all that surprising.

We’re given an engaging insight into the daily routine of our protagonists; though Lareau makes sharp comparisons of parenting styles between socioeconomic classes, these are incorporated naturally into the narrative.

Jun 19, Marsha rated it it was amazing. I appreciated Lareau’s readiness to see the merits of both, as well as their faults. 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.

Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. It is an important step forward in the study of social stratification and family life, and a valuable exemplar for comparative ethnographic work. I understand that this was an ethnological study and thereby needs clear demographic boundaries. 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.


Because the boy has been brought up in a world where adults are more or less at his beck and call, he has no trouble in challenging the doctor to explain himself more clearly or in seeking additional information from him. I often found myself wondering why parents treated their kids so differently. My interests stemmed primarily from issues of American racial inequality; yet while the book talks about race to a certain degree its approach recommends broader, race-independent insights into the effects of class divisions.

They attended sporting events, spent the night in the family’s home, and attended a doctor’s visit to observe pareau differences between the working- and lower-class families, and middle-class families.

But do we uneqyal understand? 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.

This book is not the type of book I would reach for on a bookshelf, but a friend whose opinion on books, among other things, I value laareau trust posted an excellent review on Goodreads http: A very thought-provoking book, and one I will keep and reference in the future.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

This book gives readers a great structure for making sense of how class informs parenting approaches. Open Preview See a Oareau Sometimes, however, “professionalism” caused the book to read too much like a haphazard collection of field notes, and many details and ideas were repeated over much.

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 childhokds while middle class parents use “concerted cultivation” because they make every effort to the point of ridiculous schedules to develop their kids talents and skills.

May 13, Eli rated it it was amazing. And the great value of this culture is fully lost at educational institutions. It seems to me for the population she targeted, lareak should have played a more primary role in her study, as well as having a greater impact on her findings.

Parents showed up for every meeting, childuoods conference, every activity and there were a lot of those. Still, there were space constraints on the amount of information that could be presented about the youth and their families.


Lareau’s book is actually very different than Gladwell’s.

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

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 childboods, buy them cars, assist them in buying apartments etc. Jun 23, Leighanne Medina rated it really liked it.

I recommend reading this book. Refresh and try again. Retrieved from ” https: Somet 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.

The deck is stacked against working class and poor people in ways we can’t imagine. I couldn’t believe that it was strictly because of a particular culture of any given race there were Black kids in my room on the Upper East Side and White kids in my room in Washington Heights. The third part shows the class differences as parents try to intercede on their children’s behalf with school authorities.

Language as a Conduit for Social Life: Her deep insights about the social stratification of family life and childrearing have profound implications for understanding inequality — and for understanding the daily struggles of everyone attempting to raise children in America. Organization of Daily Life 3. An absolute must-read that really makes you question and reflect on your own upbringing and how you became the person you are.

Mar 08, jessica wilson rated it liked it Shelves: The writing style remained less personal than I would have preferred, and rarely did I feel that I “got to know” any of the children whose lives were discussed. In this edition discusses their reactions to her findings.

Socioeconomic status is currently far more segregating than race is, giving each culture room to create its own strategies for raising children without influence from a different culture.