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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I particularly enjoyed the additions in the second edition that discussed family reactions to being in the study. Yes, the parents’ education and occupational experience limits their understanding of professional jargon a point that really could have been made more of in the “What is to be done” section.

The close-up stories are pretty fascinating, and the conclusions are not quite what you might expect. 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.

Unequal Childhoods is an ethnography that centers on the naturalistic observations in the homes and daily activities of selected year-old students in neighborhoods surrounding Philadelphia. Sep 24, Carrie rated it it was ok. Don’t know if that’s obvious to you, but that surprised me. Lareau’s findings have great force because they are thoroughly grounded in compelling ethnographic evidence.

To ask other readers uneqkal about Unequal Childhoodsplease sign up. 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 12 were discussed to understand the impact of how social class makes a difference in family life, more specifically in children’s lives. I even loved the additions that were added with the second edition, which dealt with the topic of where each of the subjects were 10 years later, and even how the families responded to the study itself.


Unequal Childhoods changed my views on child development and the impact of race and class more than any other book I have read. It will change the way you think about why students fail in schools.

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

Books by Annette Lareau. The Hectic Pace of Concerted Cultivation: Gladwell picks out a particularly telling incident in his use of this research — a working class boy and a middle class boy both preparing to go to see the doctor.

It is an important step forward in the study of social stratification and family life, and a valuable exemplar for comparative ethnographic work. As I tear through this heartbreaking and brilliantly documented study I am uunequal that we have so many conversations about public education without the lens of class. For some reason she feels the need to reiterate her main themes during and after every section.

An important and provocative book.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

Lareau is the author of Home Advantage: Indeed, as she writes, though middle class children may be more prepared to interact with authority than their working- class counterparts, they often have trouble organizing their own free time, childhlods they have grown so accustomed to such a level of structure in their lives.

Each of these approaches to childrearing brings its own benefits and its own drawbacks.

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. 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.

Through textured and intimate observation, Lareau takes us into separate worlds of pampered but overextended, middle-class lareai and materially stressed, but relatively relaxed, working-class and poor families to show how inequality is passed on across chilchoods. The working class and poor children were constantly reminded about money and the shortage of it.


aannette Poor and working class parents do not know how the game is played, and as a consequence, their kids consistently lose.

The contrast with the working class boy uneqhal not be starker, he defers entirely to the doctor, is barely able to make eye contact and certainly never does anything that might be understood as challenging the authority of the doctor. And the great value of this culture is fully lost at educational institutions.

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life – Annette Lareau – Google Books

Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments 1. Lareau as a sociologist, is that she took an inordinate amount of pages to justify why she did the study in the manner she did, and why she came to the conclusions she did.

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

I was able to relate to some of Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration “Drawing upon remarkably detailed case studies of parents and children going about their daily lives, Lareau argues that middle-class and working-class families operate with different logics of childrearing, which both reflect and contribute to uneqyal transmission of inequality.

She emphasizes the use of concerted cultivationand natural growth as tools parents in different social and economic classes use in order to raise their children and by continuing her research ten years later she is able to show how these methods of child rearing helped to cultivate the children into the adults they are today.

Unequal Childhoods was a really interesting book. Mar 05, Duhita rated it really liked it.