Parenting and Inequality

Parenting and Inequality - Sociology 130 February 26, 2008...

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Sociology 130 February 26, 2008 Parenting and Inequality Is parenting the cause of inequality? “Good parenting in the home is more important than anything else to a child’s future.” --Margaret Hodge Social Class and Childrearing -Old sociological research Teaching learned social roles -Working class is highly supervised at work (e.g. assembly line) Focus parenting on obedience and conformity -Middle class is less supervised at work (e.g. brainstorming session) Focus parenting on independence, autonomy, and self-direction Lareau: Unequal Childhoods -Observational study of 12 families Class difference in parenting styles -Comparing middle class and poor families Originally looking for race differences -“Concerted Cultivation” Middle class: o Cultivates talents, opinions, skills, and a cultural style o Focus intensely on developing the child o Intensive, age-specific organized activities o Stress language use and reasoning o Emphasis on children’s performance
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course SOCI 130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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