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Social Class and the Daily Lives of Children

Social Class and the Daily Lives of Children Using ethnographic data of US white and African-American children 7-10 years of age, this study examines the role of social class in shaping the contours of childhood, pace and rhythm of life, and the amount of interweaving between parents' and children's lives. Focusing on middle-class and working-class boys, the results show that middle-class children spend time in activities organized by adults stressing public performance and skill development. Working-class children's lives tend to revolve around informal play, visiting kin and `hanging out'. Middle-class children's activities, while formally leisure, were similar to school activities. There are also parallels between middle-class children's activities and the nature of their parents' work. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Childhood: A journal of global child research SAGE

Social Class and the Daily Lives of Children

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0907-5682
eISSN
1461-7013
DOI
10.1177/0907568200007002003
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Abstract

Using ethnographic data of US white and African-American children 7-10 years of age, this study examines the role of social class in shaping the contours of childhood, pace and rhythm of life, and the amount of interweaving between parents' and children's lives. Focusing on middle-class and working-class boys, the results show that middle-class children spend time in activities organized by adults stressing public performance and skill development. Working-class children's lives tend to revolve around informal play, visiting kin and `hanging out'. Middle-class children's activities, while formally leisure, were similar to school activities. There are also parallels between middle-class children's activities and the nature of their parents' work.

Journal

Childhood: A journal of global child researchSAGE

Published: May 1, 2000

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