By A. Kusserow
What are difficult and smooth individualisms? during this certain ethnography of 3 groups in new york and Queens, Kusserow interviews mom and dad and lecturers (from filthy rich to these on welfare) at the forms of not easy and smooth individualisms they motivate of their kids and scholars. American Individualisms explores the $64000 factor of sophistication changes within the socialization of individualism in the USA. It offers American individualism now not as one unmarried homogeneous, stereotypic life-pattern as frequently claimed to be, yet as variable, class-differentiated types of individualism instilled in youngsters by way of their mom and dad and preschool lecturers in ny and Queens. by way of supplying wealthy descriptions of the situational, class-based individualisms that take root in groups with significantly assorted visions of the longer term, Kusserow brings social inequality again into formerly bland and usual discussions of yankee individualism.
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I mean, give me a break. ’’ Sara did not feel that telling the child she was bad would signiﬁcantly hurt the child’s ego, self-esteem, or development. The notion that a child could not be told he was bad seemed ridiculous to her. She talked about how when she grew up her mother used to sit in the corner with her coffee, and if Sara did something wrong, she’d get a spoon thrown across at her. She was also afraid her husband was getting ‘‘too soft’’ with the kids. Despite her shy personality, during our interview she would switch suddenly into loud, harsh yells and she would scream at the kids to leave her alone while she was talking.
Through different studies, Miller, Bernstein, and Kohn suggest that obedience, conformity to set routines, and knowing one’s place in a hierarchy are intrinsic parts of a working-class world. If so, then how do the ethnoconceptual categories of the self among different social classes vary? Do the upper-middle and working classes espouse the same ‘‘kinds’’ of individualism or does each group possibly have different meanings and uses? Socialization, Education, and Class Reproduction For some time now, social theorists have addressed the question of why working-class children so often end up with working-class jobs, and why upper-middle-class children so often end up with upper-middle-class jobs.
One does not relate to all segments of culture in the same way. (1981:111) He considers the ways public symbols simultaneously have individual psychological meaning. ‘‘There is no question of private versus public symbol: the symbol acts on both levels at the same time, the one reinforcing the other as in a cybernetic model . ’’ (1981:85). Implicit in these statements is the notion of a certain variability in the way each person, subculture, or social class responds to public symbols—my research points to the way the different communities of Queens and Parkside gave different weight to different strands of individualism, elaborating on one component more than another.
American Individualisms: Child Rearing and Social Class in Three Neighborhoods by A. Kusserow