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Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau

Unequal Childhoods

Class, Race, and Family Life, Second Edition, with an Update a Decade Later

by Annette Lareau


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Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. 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. 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. 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.


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  • Published: November 2011
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: U073294
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