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Playing to WinRaising Children in a Competitive Culture$
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Hilary Levey Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276758

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276758.001.0001

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Play to Win

(p.1) Introduction
Playing to Win

Hilary Levey Friedman

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   American families, organized settings, middle-class parents, Marjorie Goodwin, Annette Lareau, leisure activities

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