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Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life


reviewed by Peter W. Cookson Jr. 2006

coverTitle: Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
Author(s): Annette Lareau
Publisher: University of California Press, Los Angeles
ISBN: 0520239504 , Pages: 343, Year: 2003
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The social stratification literature has been enormously enriched by the research and scholarship of Annette Lareau.  In her previous work Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education (1989), Lareau broke new ground in using ethnographic techniques to understand the processes of how families and individuals come to understand their roles in the class system.  By viewing social reproduction from the “inside-out” Lareau gives us an internal map of the socialization experience that is detailed, personal, yet at the same time, generalizable.  Those of us who are interested in issues of social inequality, particularly as they relate to education, have learned a great deal from Lareau’s work and have found it extremely helpful in assisting students to understand the realities and the strengths of class divisions.   Lareau’s theoretical north star is the work of Pierre Bourdieu, the French sociologist who argued convincingly that individuals of different social locations... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 33-36
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12114, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 4:28:57 PM

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  • Peter Cookson Jr.
    Ideas without Borders
    PETER W. COOKSON, JR. teaches at Teachers College, Columbia University and is the founder of Ideas without Borders, a Washington DC-based educational consulting firm focusing on human rights and 21st century learning. In May 2011 his book, Sacred Trust: A Children's Education Bill of Rights will be published by Corwin Press; currently, he is completing research for The Great Unequalizer which will be published by Teachers College Press.
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