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    Home Advantage is an insightful and compelling book as Annette Lareau considers the means in which parents are able or sometimes unable to shape their children’s educational experiences. Lareau draws on the theory of social capital first discussed by Pierre Bourdieu, to develop the argument that social class (independent of ability) does affect schooling. This is a comprehensible and enjoyable text as she challenges the current view that family socio-economic status is no longer important in determining successful academic achievements. Throughout the book she tries to answer; how and why social class influences parent involvement. Lareau uses a qualitative case study method to compare family-school relationships in a working class elementary…

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    Never see your parents? Always feel like you have nothing to do in your days? You may be apart of the accomplishment of natural growth. According to Annette Lareau (p. 154), working-class families use the accomplishment of natural growth where they tend to raise their children with more concern about their safety and don’t take into account their thoughts. “… They tell their children what to do rather than persuading them with reasoning.” In contrast, you may be the person that parent(s)…

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    “Transition to College”, by Annette Lareau gives readers a much deeper insight on the difficult challenges and break throughs parents face when they send their kids to college. Just by being in their childs lives, can tremendously result in the future academic student. It also stated that whatever ambitions a student chooses, shows the type of affect theparents had on the student. Students who lack academic support from their parents are more likely to not complete school or drop out. Academic…

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    The second part of “Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life” by Annette Lareau focuses on the use of language and the impact on the Williams and the McAllister family and specially on their children’s lives and future endeavors. Concerted cultivation and accomplishment of natural growth are the two different forms of parenting styles that develop from the variating lifestyles of the middle-class and working-class family dynamic. The concerted cultivation style of parenting developments…

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    Annette Lareau is the sociologist who authored the book “Unequal Childhoods”. Lareau is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where she graduated with a PhD in Sociology. She has taught Sociology as a professor in multiple universities across the United States, and currently the she is the professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. For her work “Unequal Childhoods” she received the Sociology of Culture Best Book Award and the Best Book Length Contribution to Family…

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    Annette Lareau is a sociologist, who currently works at the University of Pennsylvania. Lareau received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she earned her masters at the University of California, Berkeley and went on to earn her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. Lareau’s career began at the Southern Illinois University, since then she has worked at many different universities. Lareau has played in active role in many organizations, these…

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    American Beauty (1999) is a film depicting the dark side of the typical suburban american family. As well as the price and nature of beauty in a society obsessed with appearances. Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, is a man in his mid-40s going through an extreme midlife crisis; he has grown cynical and is certain that he has no reason to continue this life that he has regretfully been apart of. Lester 's relationship with his wife Carolyn, played by Annette Bening, is cold and devoid of…

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    When you ask ones own personal definition of beauty, one might say “Pleasing to the human eye.” Society’s definition of beauty is most commonly perceived through appearance. Our society constantly changes the requirements or extends the definition and the meaning of the word ‘beauty’. American beauty fades away every few decades and turns into something new and iconic. Women in the 20’s turned the original “no skin showing’ beauty to a promiscuous new style. Likewise, women in the 70’s turned…

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    represented or portrayed like Annette Lareau 's Unequal Childhood. Essentially, the process of sorting as individuals is by economic, social and cultural class, which begins at childhood and never really ends. We may be oblivious that we are pushing the process along, but in fact, we are doing literally that. Thesis Statement for this paper, “Social class matters. People in families of the middle class tend to have different up bring than that of the working class and the poor families.…

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    Many people migrate to the United States every year to achieve the famous American Dream. The dream being that, “if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be given a chance to go as far as your God-given ability will take you”(Lareau, Annette). Nonetheless society does not take into account many circumstances that could alter or influence the chances of a individual in the pursuit of the American Dream. Some of these circumstances being gender, class and the particular traditional…

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