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Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture

Hilary Levey Friedman


This book follows the path of elementary school-age children involved in competitive dance, youth travel soccer, and scholastic chess. Why do American children participate in so many adult-run activities outside of the home, especially when family time is so scarce? By analyzing the roots of these competitive afterschool activities and their contemporary effects, the book contextualizes elementary school-age children's activities, and suggests they have become proving grounds for success in the tournament of life—especially when it comes to coveted admission to elite universities, and beyond. ... More

Keywords: elementary school, American children, competitive dance, family time, afterschool activities, childhood, family, gender, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276758
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilary Levey Friedman, author
Harvard Kennedy School