Annette Lareau

Annette Lareau

Annette Lareau is a sociologist working at the University of Pennsylvania,where she is the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor. Lareau has completed extensive field work studying the daily lives of both African-Americans and European-Americans. She is also credited with the creation of the term concerted cultivation. This concept refers to middle class child rearing practices. She says that this differs from the parents of children in working class families, who attribute much of their child raising tactics to the accomplishment of natural growth. She is the author of Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education (1989), coeditor of Journeys through Ethnography: Realistic Accounts of Fieldwork (1996), and author of Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (2003). She conducted field work between 1993 and 1995 with 10- and 11-year-old children, and then followed up with them 10 years later when the children were 20 and 21 years old. Her field research was the basis for her book Unequal Childhoods, which explained in detail her research and interviews with 88 children and their parents. The subjects included white and black children from middle class, working class, and poor families. Through her observations she discovered differences in parenting styles that related to class distinctions. http://sociology.sas.upenn.edu/annette_lareau; 215.898.3515, alareau@sas.upenn.edu