American Individualisms: Child Rearing and Social Class in by A. Kusserow PDF

By A. Kusserow

ISBN-10: 1403964815

ISBN-13: 9781403964816

What are demanding and delicate individualisms? during this distinct ethnography of 3 groups in ny and Queens, Kusserow interviews mom and dad and academics (from prosperous to these on welfare) at the kinds of challenging and delicate individualisms they motivate of their young ones and scholars. American Individualisms explores the $64000 factor of sophistication alterations within the socialization of individualism in the US. It provides American individualism now not as one unmarried homogeneous, stereotypic life-pattern as frequently claimed to be, yet as variable, class-differentiated versions of individualism instilled in kids via their mom and dad and preschool lecturers in long island and Queens. through delivering wealthy descriptions of the situational, class-based individualisms that take root in groups with tremendously varied visions of the long run, Kusserow brings social inequality again into formerly bland and conventional discussions of yank individualism.

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I took on a ‘‘no big deal’’ quality to my approach to the interview. Sometimes I think I must have looked ridiculous. Whom did I think I was fooling? ’’ Upon hearing these types of direct authoritative commands, I tried to smile as if this were not new to me, as if I had grown up in discipline like this. Every now and then I would comment on the child’s behavior with which the mother was struggling, ‘‘So she’s pretty wild, huh . . ’’ This type of joking criticism or complaining about the child would not have seemed appropriate among Parkside parents, who seemed much more fearful that a louder voice and more direct command would hurt the child’s feelings.

It is useless to lump all ascetic hairstyles together . . without reference to context’’ (1981:50). In lumping the cultural model of individualism together as a generic whole, we miss the different ways certain strands of it are taken up and stressed by Queens parents and not by Parkside parents, or the ways in which there are even different types of working-class individualism. We miss the ways in which it has uniquely tailored meanings and uses for Parkside and Queens parents—the various ways in which it becomes a form of explanation or solution to the central issues and meanings in the lives of these parents.

Chapter Two American Individualism and Social Class Revisited My research in New York was primarily an effort to improve upon the rather generic anthropological conceptions of the Western individualistic self in which social class is barely addressed and most often only one kind of individualism is acknowledged. Insofar as my research points to different kinds of individualism in America, I try to complexify and dehomogenize the generic American or Western self used as a foil in so many anthropology texts.

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