Playing to Win Raising Children in a Competitive Culture
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/3/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|