Unequal Childhoods - Class, Race, and Family Life, Second Edition, With an Update a Decade Later-logo

Unequal Childhoods - Class, Race, and Family Life, Second Edition, With an Update a Decade Later

Annette Lareau

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. Each of these approaches to childrearing brings its own benefits and its own drawbacks. In identifying and analyzing differences between the two, Lareau demonstrates the power, and limits, of social class in shaping the lives of America's children. 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. A decade later, Annette Lareau has revisited the same families and interviewed the original subjects to examine the impact of social class in the transition to adulthood.

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. Each of these approaches to childrearing brings its own benefits and its own drawbacks. In identifying and analyzing differences between the two, Lareau demonstrates the power, and limits, of social class in shaping the lives of America's children. 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. A decade later, Annette Lareau has revisited the same families and interviewed the original subjects to examine the impact of social class in the transition to adulthood.
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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. Each of these approaches to childrearing brings its own benefits and its own drawbacks. In identifying and analyzing differences between the two, Lareau demonstrates the power, and limits, of social class in shaping the lives of America's children. 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. A decade later, Annette Lareau has revisited the same families and interviewed the original subjects to examine the impact of social class in the transition to adulthood.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Xe Sands

Length:

14h 28m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

47:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

35:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

42:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

56:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

34:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

36:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

42:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

57:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

28:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

41:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

40:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

42:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

52:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

39:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:22