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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We also need to reestablish respect for adults – however, the respect that she is so excited about in the working class and poor families is often gained as shown in her study through the threat of the child being hit by the parent if they are disrespectful.

That was interesting reading, as the feelings were so diverse.

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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. Still, there were space constraints on the amount of information that could be presented about the youth and their families. Everyone thinks they understand the concept of inequality, whether based on economic standing, race, education or environment. Research assistants closely documented the conversations and relationships within each childhooss structure and with outside members of their communities.

This is a book that I keep returning to. Lareau and her graduate researchers followed these families around in their daily lives. Developing a Child Alexander Williams.

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

Mar 15, jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: It will change the way you think about why students fail in schools. Dec 10, Lynn rated it it was amazing.

Apr 04, Alexis rated it liked it. The first edition of Unequal Childhoods was an instant classic, portraying in riveting detail the unexpected ways in which social class influences parenting in white and African-American families.

Jun 13, Von rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book argues that regardless of race, social economic class will determine how children cultivate skills they will use in the future. Through textured and intimate observation, Lareau takes us into separate worlds of pampered but overextended, middle-class families and materially stressed, but relatively relaxed, working-class and poor families to show how inequality is passed on across generations.


She covers the subjects’ awareness of their social class, high school experiences and the effect of organized activities as they went through their adolescent years. 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. One of the book’s key insights is that young people who grow up in upper middle class households may be better prepared to argue for their own way within the school systems, but they are also socialized into a trou This is a book that I keep returning to.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for the issues that I myself had observed through my student teaching. I often found myself wondering why parents treated their kids so differently.

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.

The Story of Success “Less than one in five Americans think ‘race, gender, religion or social class are very important for getting ahead in life,’ Annette Lareau tells us in her carefully researched and clearly written new book. I’m not sure you really want to get me started on this book so I’ll try to condense and keep it brief Lareau and h Everyone thinks they understand the concept of inequality, whether based on economic standing, race, education or environment.

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Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. I am pleased that I read this edition as it had additional chapters following up on most of the original participants into their adult years. In the case of the middle class boy his mother literally rehearses the likely exchange between the boy and the doctor in the car on the way there.

Annette Lareau Limited preview – I end up feeling that the book begs the questions. Annette Lareau is the Stanley I.


Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. 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. Lareau’s book is actually very different than Gladwell’s. Retrieved from ” https: She says several times that physical punishment used to be the norm–as though this makes it okay? Paperbackpages.

I was shocked to see the unnamed footprint of class differences permeating education to the detriment of all children.

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

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

Views Read Edit View history. I’ve decided to have my qualitative research methods class read it for Spring I could go on and on and on about this book but I’ll stop.

Parenting styles tend to adhere to social class practices, and middle class parenting styles tend to be rewarded in our capitalist economy. The other interesting thing here was that middle class families never spoke about money.

It details the gaps in educational opportunities due to socio-economic status. Using a categorical analysis method, Lareau highlights themes of language, activity, and interaction with institutional structures for middle class and poor-working class families.

May 18, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: References to this book Radical Possibilities: 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.

During her observations, she notices two different parenting styles. I look forward to reading the extended version of this study, where Lareau follows up with these families. A Childs Pace Tyrec Taylor.