American Individualisms Child Rearing and Social Class in Three Neighborhoods

ISBN-10: 1403964807

ISBN-13: 9781403964809

Edition: 2004

Authors: Adrie Kusserow
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Description: What are hard and soft individualisms? In this detailed ethnography of three communities in Manhattan and Queens, Kusserow interviews parents and teachers (from wealthy to those on welfare) on the types of hard and soft individualisms they encourage in their children and students. American Individualisms explores the important issue of class differences in the socialization of individualism in America. It presents American individualism not as one single homogeneous, stereotypic life-pattern as often claimed to be, but as variable, class-differentiated models of individualism instilled in young children by their parents and preschool teachers in Manhattan and Queens. By providing rich descriptions of the situational, class-based individualisms that take root in communities with vastly different visions of the future, Kusserow brings social inequality back into previously bland and generic discussions of American individualism.

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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Series Forward
Introduction
Ethnographic Method and Context
American Individualism and Social Class Revisited
Queenston and Kelley Ethnoconceptions of the Child's Self: The Soft-Hard Continuum and Establishment of Firm Boundaries to the Self
Queenston Hard Protective Individualism vs. Kelley Hard Projective Individualism
Individualism and Ethnoconceptions of the Child's Self in Parkside
Queenston and Kelley Preschools
Parkside Preschools
Balancing Psychologized Individualism with Societal Constraints and Uncovering the True Self
Conclusion: The Varieties of Individualism
Sample Letter for Parents
Interview Questions
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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