ASOC – 440
Assignment # 4
Whether or not parents are aware of it, child-rearing strategies have predictable long-run consequences. Two child rearing strategies are “Concerted Cultivation” and the “Accomplishment of natural growth”. “Concerted Cultivation” is the child rearing strategy that is most commonly seen amongst families of the middle class while “Accomplishment of natural growth” is the child rearing strategy that is most commonly seen amongst families of the working class and of the poor. There are different aspects of the Child rearing strategies but for now we will be concentrating on “Play”. Let’s look at “play” as the activities that kids take part in where they have interactions with other kids and/or adults. Play is heavily affected by the type of Child rearing strategies. The different strategies affect a child’s structure of play and have different long tern effects. So that we can further break down “Play” and compare it by the different child rearing strategies, “Concerted Cultivation” and “Accomplishment of natural growth”, we will concentrate on two of Annette Lareau’s family cases from her book Unequal Childhoods; Garrett Tallinger and Tyrec Taylor. Garrett Tallinger is a 10 year old white kid who belongs to a middle class family. He is being raised under the ideas of “Concerted Cultivation”. Let’s take a look into Garrett’s structure of play. Garrett’s structure of play is very hectic. He is involved in many extra-curricular activities. He plays and is on many different organized sport teams, including basketball, baseball, swimming, two soccer teams, and also plays piano. Now since his parents are using the concerted cultivation approach, they look at their children as projects and try and get the most out of them. Garrett’s Parents encourage him to join as many organized activities as possible. They are so into it that they will rearrange their own schedules to make time around his, drive him places, make a point to be at games, and...
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