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I thought this book was an interesting read I felt it was worth reading since I would like to try to raise any kids we have in a creative and active lifestyle I feel that children are surrounded by consumer desires and that many times parents give in to these desires not always to the benefit of the child Seriously I don t feel a young child needs dozens and dozens of toys for birthdays and Christmas especially when they end up playing with something for an hour and then bore of it and want s I thought this book was an interesting read I felt it was worth reading since I would like to try to raise any kids we have in a creative and active lifestyle I feel that children are surrounded by consumer desires and that many times parents give in to these desires not always to the benefit of the child Seriously I don t feel a young child needs dozens and dozens of toys for birthdays and Christmas especially when they end up playing with something for an hour and then bore of it and want something new I don t want to raise my children to feel they are entitled to having everything the TV tells them they need but I understand it s a fine line to walk between giving them what they need to feel they belong vs giving them everything they think they need.I think this book shares good ideas and it s interesting to see that there are few differences between the desires of low income and high income children They both have the need to belong regardless of their address and parents income I think the ideas in this book could be studied on a wider scale perhaps in other communities or maybe even in other countries to see if the data is replicable elsewhere A worthwhile read if this type of book interests you It s an easy read and doesn t use too much technical jargon so anyone with a reasonable level of knowledge and education should be able to understand it easily An interesting look at how parents buy things for their children to increase their social capital. A report on the author s years of studying children at three very different Oakland schools expensive private school, upper middle class public school, and low income public after school program , Longing and Belonging is a fascinating look at how different families navigate consumer culture As someone who struggles with how much artificial scarcity to impose on my own children, I thought this did a great job of laying out why our children want the things they do and how they navigate peer A report on the author s years of studying children at three very different Oakland schools expensive private school, upper middle class public school, and low income public after school program , Longing and Belonging is a fascinating look at how different families navigate consumer culture As someone who struggles with how much artificial scarcity to impose on my own children, I thought this did a great job of laying out why our children want the things they do and how they navigate peer culture Unlike other books on raising children, instead of glossing over the emotional effects of havingor less than one s peers, Pugh focuses on it, both within each school environment showing how they different and what priorities parents of different income levels put on different types of spending and the larger differences among these environments, along with how race, class, and other outsider status shape children s experiences Yes, this is probably written as a PhD thesis and is clearly an academic work, but it s also readable and very interesting outside academia Allison Pugh is one of the most thoughtful authors when it comes to the sociology of children I was lucky enough to have her as a professor of two classes on Semester at Sea, and her teachings are something I will forever carry with me A must read. |Epub ⚖ Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture ♷ Even as they see their wages go down and their buying power decrease, many parents are still putting their kids material desires first These parents struggle with how to handle children s consumer wants, which continue unabated despite the economic downturn And, indeed, parents and other adults continue to spend billions of dollars on children every year Why do children seem to desire so much, so often, so soon, and why do parents capitulate so readily To determine what forces lie behind the onslaught of Nintendo Wiis and Bratz dolls, Allison J Pugh spent three years observing and interviewing children and their families In Longing and Belonging Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture, Pugh teases out the complex factors that contribute to how we buy, from lunchroom conversations about Game Boys to the stark inequalities facing American children Pugh finds that children s desires stem less from striving for status or falling victim to advertising than from their yearning to join the conversation at school or in the neighborhood Most parents respond to children s need to belong by buying the particular goods and experiences that act as passports in children s social worlds, because they sympathize with their children s fear of being different from their peers Even under financial constraints, families prioritize children feeling normal Pugh masterfully illuminates the surprising similarities in the fears and hopes of parents and children from vastly different social contexts, showing that while corporate marketing and materialism play a part in the commodification of childhood, at the heart of the matter is the desire to belong