Lareau's "Unequal Childhood" Paper Analysis

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Before critically discussing Lareau’s Unequal childhood’s paper, it is important to briefly mention a few conceptual terms in order to get the gist of what Lareau was trying to convey to her readers. First, according to Macionis (2004) the term family is defined as a social institution found in all societies that unite people in cooperative groups to oversee the bearing and raising of children. Same author also discusses several theoretical approaches have been identified that identifies the family as a form of social institution and how the family unit interconnect with other social institutions within any given society. According to the Structural-Functional Analysis for example, the family serves as a unit that perform many vital tasks…show more content…
With this form of child bearing, children raised using this technique have an advantage in becoming assertive in achieving what they want versus children of the natural growth practices would learn to become less assertive, and thus display a sense learned helplessness. Another weakness that can be identified with the Natural Growth practice is that when it comes to institutions and interventions, children here will learn to become dependent on the institution but with a sense of powerlessness such as within an educational institution where academia tends to be of lower quality. For those children raised with Concerted Cultivation style, they are more apt to have parental involvement in the provision of criticisms and interventions such as parent involvement with the PTA for example, or parent/teacher conferences. Another weakness found with Natural Growth is that when confronting social institutions for examples, children are often times faced with alienation where as those of Concerted Cultivation are allotted opportunities for empowerment and a sense of entitlement. According to Lareau (2002), race rather than social class

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