Unequal Childhoods

  • by Annette Lareau
  • Narrated by Xe Sands
  • 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"A fascinating study." (Malcolm Gladwell)


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Customer Reviews

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Essential reading for everyone

Illustrates the pros and cons of modern parenting strategies, as well as unexpected effects of cultural differences between lower and upper classes. These effects are not the only important factors people should be aware of - whether as parents, policy-makers, or mere voters - but Lareau illustrates why an important part of what Americans broadly accept as true is not actually true.
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- Jared


Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The data is repetitive and is written with a clear bias. While the information is important, it should be taken in from a different source.

Has Unequal Childhoods turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all.

What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

She was very easy to understand, reads at a good pace, and has a nice voice to listen to.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-14-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio