False Starts: The Segregated Lives of Preschoolers

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New York University Press
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6.1 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Casey Stockstill is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College.


"False Starts is an absolutely fantastic book. Beautifully written. Exceptionally researched. Accessible to a broad audience. Casey Stockstill has made daycare a necessary part of the conversation for cultural sociologists and the sociology of education."-- "Shamus Rahman Khan, author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School"
"In this searing account, Stockstill shows how class and race inequalities are baked into children's experience of preschool, shaping the lessons they learn about insecurity, property and privilege. False Starts documents that preschools are more than just places where individual kids get what they need, but instead complex sites of group socialization."-- "Allison J. Pugh, author of Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture"

When we think of segregated schooling, preschools are rarely top-of-mind; and yet, early
childhood education is, for most children, the most racially and socioeconomically segregated
schooling context they will encounter at any point in their lives. This is a must-read book for
anyone who wants to understand both the necessity of universal, high-quality preschool and the
challenges of getting it right.

"-- "Jessica McCrory Calarco, author of Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School"
"Stockstill convincingly and painfully illustrates how young children's lives are structured in unequal ways from the very start. False Starts is a much-needed and excellent addition to existing research on racism and poverty in the lives of kids and is a must-read for anyone engaged in current debates about childhood socialization, social learning, child care, and universal preschool."-- "Margaret A. Hagerman, author of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America"

Stockstill's meticulous work reveals how concentrated poverty affects the distribution of time
and resources in the classroom, limiting students' opportunity to learn in important ways." Highly

"-- "Maia Cucchiara, author of Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities"