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Unformatted text preview: Toys Barbie commercial(1959) Gi joe commercial(1960s) Lareau, Unequal Childhoods Participant observation in the daily lives of families Middle class: concerted cultivation Parent actively fosters and assesses childs talents, opinions, and skills Daily life: structured activities. Language use: reasoning and negotiation Parents intervene with formal institutions Working class and poor: accomplishment of natural growth. Parent cares for child and allows child to grow. Daily life: hanging out Language use: directives and no talking back Parents depend on institutions, often feel powerless Unequal childhoods Process by which children are socialized into their parents social class American Dream? Concerted cultivation builds familiarity with institutions, sense of entitlement Natural growth builds distrust toward institutions, sense of constraint....
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