Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life


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University of California Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.2 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Annette Lareau is the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is faculty member in the Department of Sociology with a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education. Lareau is the author of Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education (1989; second edition, 2000), and coeditor of Social Class: How Does it Work? (2009); and Education Research on Trial: Policy Reform and the Call for Scientific Rigor (2009); and Journeys through Ethnography: Realistic Accounts of Fieldwork (1996).


"Lareau's work is well known among sociologists, but neglected by the popular media; . . . in books like Unequal Childhoods -- Lareau has been able to capture the texture of inequality in America. She's described how radically child-rearing techniques in upper-middle-class homes differ from those in working-class and poor homes, and what this means for the prospects of the kids inside."-- (03/09/2006)
"This accessible ethnographic study offers valuable insights into contemporary family life in poor, working class and middle class American households. . . . A careful and interesting investigation of life in 'the land of opportunity' and the 'land of inequality.'"--Publishers Weekly
"At both its best and its worst, social-science research tells us what we already know. Annette Lareau's new book is, however, quite different, and packed with insights into such matters as precisely how middle-class children acquire the habits of success and sense of the entitlement early. . . . as exciting to read as it is depressing in its implication."--The Scotsman
"Unequal Childhoods captures the social-science imagination just as Betty Friedan's 1963 best seller, The Feminine Mystique, had captured the public imagination in restating the arguments for feminism."--Chronicle Of Higher Education
"This sensitive, well-balanced book is highly recommended for academic, special, and large public libraries."--Library Journal