Play to Win
This introductory chapter argues that American families today have been busier than the previous generation, with parents working more hours outside of the home and children spending more time in organized settings. Middle-class parents are racing from work to children's classes and practices to home everyday. Anthropologist Marjorie Goodwin explains that “increasingly middle class parents are going to extraordinary lengths to foster their children's talents through maintaining a hectic schedule of organized leisure activities.” On that note, sociologists Annette Lareau highlights that this generation of parents conducts a “concerted cultivation,” the organized and interactive activity in which children are admonished to question adults in a variety of institutional settings.
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