Seems to downplay race in a colorblind racist sort of way. No one ever works alone in social science research. In contrast, middle-class kids are driven to soccer practice and band recitals, are involved in family debates at dinner time, and are told that to ask their teacher why they received a B on a French exam. Individuals learn to live within a structure of roles they play, as they relate to other people in ways that are accepted and expected norms. This book should be required reading for all politicians, educators, parents and voters.
Some even gave money back to their parents as rent, for example, if they still lived at home. 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. Working class and poor are uncomfortable and constrained in their interactions with institutions. Whereas parents of middle-class are more exacting towards school personnel, working-class and poor parents are more dutiful Lareau 198. Unequal Childhoods will be read alongside Sewell and Hauser, Melvin Kohn, and Bourdieu.
Lareau is the Stanley I. I question whether something called a white perspective exists. It is an important step forward in the study of social stratification and family life, and a valuable exemplar for comparative ethnographic work. Middle class parents particularly those with college educated mothers actively engage their kids in programs of child enrichment soccer, ballet, basketball, baseball, science camp, piano lessons, etc. I guess I gave it four stars rather than five because, although it had great take-away, it was a bit dry.
The close-up stories are pretty fascinating, and the conclusions are not quite what you might expect. Like the Tallingers, Marshalls, and Williamses, the Handlons have important forms of social, economic, and cultural capital. Unlike their middle-class counterparts, who have a steady diet of adult organized activities, the working-class and poor children have more control over the character of their leisure activities. Another weakness found with Natural Growth is that when confronting social institutions for examples, children are often times faced with alienation where as those of Concerted Cultivation are allotted opportunities for empowerment and a sense of entitlement. Not an easy read as the vocabulary and style is quite academic which for me borders on boring but that is me. My biggest debt is to my husband, Samuel Freeman, for the many ways in which he supported me to help make this book come to pass even as we faced demands—and distractions—in our lives. Often second edition of books are different from the first edition in very minor ways.
I am grateful to my children by marriage, Dillon and Rachel Freeman, whom I met after the research was completed, for the ways in which they have added laughter and zest to my life. I suppose, though, that our over-scheduled lives are far less important than the fact that different parenting styles may be reinforcing class divisions in our country. At times they were not able to enjoy the vacations. 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. You'll quickly learn to skim past these boring repetitive segments. After school, kids went home to watch tv. Sheerr Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
I have to say that this book was surprising to me in the observations unspoken. Basically, this parenting philosophy is about sustaining a child's natural growth. 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. A request for help is not likely to be waved aside. Middle-class children also learned by imitation and by direct training how to make the rules work in their favor.
Students in my courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland have given me useful feedback. Concerted cultivation seems to give many material advantages to middle-class children, but so many structured activities take a real toll on family life. This cultural and historical frame can become the basis for interpreting the discussion. For working-class and poor families, the cultural logic of child rearing at home is out of synch with the standards of institutions. Yanelli touches base with her entire family every day by phone. 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. She became almost apologetic and, if I dare say it, whiny in her attempt to explain.
Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods 13. Middle class children learn to speak in more sophisticated ways that will help them later in life, especially in professional settings. Reflections on Longitudinal Ethnography and the Familiesand 8217; Reactions to Unequal Childhoods 15. In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. Annette Lareau has written an important and engaging book, one that will no doubt be used extensively by sociologists in both teaching and research. She says several times that physical punishment used to be the norm--as though this makes it okay? But not always, and not dependably.