The Effects Of Social Class On The Cultural Logic Of Childrearing
Lareau suggests that social class has an important impact on the cultural logic of childrearing (Page 537). She brings up the term; ‘concerted cultivation’ as a way to describe how both white and black middle-class parents raise their children. This is a type of parenting where the parents attempt to nurture their child’s talents by enrolling them in numerous age-specific organized activities, which conduct important life skills. “This ‘cultivation’ approach results in a frenetic pace for parents, creates a cult of individualism within the family, and emphasizes children’s performances” (Page 537). White and black working-class and poor families have a complete opposite method of parenting where they emphasize ‘accomplishment of natural growth’. In this method of parenting, the parents provide the basics; love, food, and safety, and the rest the children learn on their own. Most children of working class or poor families aren’t a part of any organized activities like middle-class children, resulting in them having more free time and room to learn on their own.
Lareau backs all these theories with a vast study done by her and a team of graduate research assistants. The study was constructed on observations and interviews of families and their children aged eight to ten. This study was mainly done in a metropolitan area in the Northeast. The public schools they held…