Unequal Childhoods : Class, Race, And Family Life

1976 WordsMay 1, 20168 Pages
Often times we seek motivation from those that are more successful than us. We put them on a pedestal and aspire to one day be a role model for younger generations after us. What we fail to acknowledge however is the time and hard work they put in before us. We overlook their journey and therefore miss details that could play a major impact on our path to success. Details such as their upbringing, social class, and education are things we should take a closer peek at when comparing their lives to ours. In her book Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, Annette Lareau follows Caucasian and African American subjects from poor, working, and middle class families to understand the influence of socioeconomic class and race on adolescents raised in various households. After studying her subjects over the course of several years in their homes, schools, and extracurricular activities, she comes to conclude the greater influence socioeconomic class has on the skills acquired by children during their childhood. In the book, Lareau describes the lives of twelve Caucasian and African American families living near two distinctly different schools. Children from the poor and working class attended the inner city school called the Lower Richmond School, while middle class families sent their children to the Swan School; a school located in the heart of the suburbs. Children from the Brindle and Driver families attended the Lower Richmond school while the Tallinger, Williams,
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