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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The working class and poor children were constantly reminded about money and the shortage of it.

Unequal Childhoods in Context: Unequal Childhoods was a really interesting book. To ask other readers questions about Unequal Childhoodsplease sign up. I did however learn of Pierre Bourdieu, father of the class deprivation theory. Lareau shows how middle-class parents, whether black or white, engage in a process of “concerted cultivation” designed to draw uneqaul 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.

Childholds absolute must-read that really makes you question and reflect on your own upbringing and how you became the person you are.

May 18, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Class, Race, and Family Life. The Power and Limits of Social Class. Jun 19, Marsha rated it it was amazing. 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 chlldhoods were discussed to understand the impact of how social class makes a difference in family life, more specifically in children’s lives. Lareau shows the many ways in which social background impacts children’s ability to navigate important social institutions, such as the educational system.


One of the book’s key insights is that young people oareau 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. Account Options Sign in.

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 annettee families. Lareau comments in a lecture captured on YouTube https: Parents show I thoroughly enjoyed this book for the issues that I myself had observed through my student teaching.

Her research team conducted interviews of the students, their parents, their teachers, and included audio and video taped observations of daily activities like watching television, interactions with siblings and relatives, and accompanied the students to scheduled sporting events.

Paperbackpages. The other interesting thing here was that middle class families childholds spoke about money.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

So what did I take away from this study and this book? Families and Institutions 8. Or by anyone who ever enters those arenas. I particularly enjoyed the additions in the second edition that discussed family reactions to being in the study. Accomplishment of Natural Growth: I knew this, but it’s nice to hear again — having a family is hard work, especially when you’re your own best resource.


The majority of the poorer, working class participants had either dropped out of high school or not attended post-secondary institutions, or if they had, had lqreau completed their courses. It seems to me for the population she targeted, race should have played a more primary role in her study, as well as having a greater impact on her findings.

I have been meaning to read this book for years.

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

What Lareau found, however, is something much different. The book argues that regardless of race, social economic class will determine how children cultivate skills they will use in the future.

To say that these “unequal childhoods” are merely the product of racial disparities would be to cheapen the issue, and I agree with Lareau that social polarization is an issue which transcends ethnicity.

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I mean I appreciate her point that most books of this type Makes some good points, but the author’s tripping all over herself trying fhildhoods avoid siding with the middle class was hard to take.