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  • Unequal Childhoods
    Unequal Childhoods
  • Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
    Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life


The first edition of Unequal Childhoodswas 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.

Author Biography

Annette Lareau is the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvenia. She is the author of Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education and coeditor of Journeys through Ethnography, Realistic Accounts of Fieldwork; Education Research on Trial Policy Reform and the Call for Scientific Vigor and Social Class: How Does it Work?

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Concerted Cultivation and the Accomplishment of Natural Growthp. 1
Social Structure and Daily Lifep. 14
Organization of Daily Lifep. 33
The Hectic Pace of Concerted Cultivationp. 38
A Child's Pacep. 66
Children's Play Is for Childrenp. 82
Language Usep. 105
Developing a Childp. 108
Language as a Conduit for Social Lifep. 134
Families and Institutionsp. 161
Concerted Cultivation in Organizational Spheres
Concerted Cultivation Gone Awryp. 182
Letting Educators Lead the Wayp. 198
Beating with a Belt, Fearing "the School"p. 221
The Power and Limits of Social Classp. 233
Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoodsp. 259
Class Differences in Parent' Information and Intervention in the Lives of Young Adultsp. 263
Reflections on Longitudinal Ethnography and the Families' Reactions to Unequal Childhoodsp. 312
Unequal Childhoods in Context: Results from a Quantitative Analysisp. 333
Afterwordp. 342
Methodology: Enduring Dilemmas in Fieldworkp. 345
Theory: Understanding the Work of Pierre Bourdieup. 361
Supporting Tablesp. 365
Tables for the Second Editionp. 377
Notesp. 385
Revised Bibliographyp. 429
Indexp. 453
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