Playing to Win Raising Children in a Competitive Culture

ISBN-10: 0520276760

ISBN-13: 9780520276765

Edition: 2013

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Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture 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, Playing to Win 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.In offering a behind-the-scenes look at how "Tiger Moms" evolve, Playing to Win introduces concepts like competitive kid capital, the carving up of honor, and pink warrior girls. Perfect for those interested in childhood and family, education, gender, and inequality, Playing to Win details the structures shaping American children's lives as they learn how to play to win.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 355
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface: Enter to Grow in Wisdom
Introduction: Play to Win
Outside Class: A History of American Children's Competitive Activities
More than Playing Around: Studying Competitive Childhoods
Cultivating Competitive Kid Capital: Generalist and Specialist Parents Speak
Pink Girls and Ball Guys? Gender and Competitive Children's Activities
Carving Up Honor: Organizing and Profiting from the Creation of Competitive Kid Capital
Trophies, Triumphs, and Tears: Competitive Kids in Action
Conclusion: The Road Ahead for My Competitive Kids
Appendix: Questioning Kids: Experiences from Fieldwork and Interviews
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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