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Unformatted text preview: 2-26-2008How can we say children have equal opportunities when so much of their future is determined before they are old enough to be responsible for their own actions?If it’s the parents’ fault, it’s not society’s fault?Is Parenting the Cause of Inequality?Social Class and Childrearing•Old sociological researchoTeaching learned social roles•Working class is highly supervised at workoFocus parenting on obedience and conformity•Middle class is less supervised at workoFocus parenting on independence, autonomy, and self-directionLareau: Unequal Childhood•Observational study of 12 familiesoClass difference in parenting styles•Comparing middle class and poor familiesoOriginally looking for racial differences“Concerted Cultivation”•Middle ClassoCultivates talents, opinions, skills, and cultural styleoIntensive, age-specific organized activitiesoStress language use and reasoning“Accomplishment of Natural Growth”•Working Class and PooroEmphasize a safe environment, love, letting children grow on their owno...
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- Spring '08
- Sociology, Focus parenting