Class Reproduction by Four Year Olds

Journal Article (Journal Article)

While scholars know that young children are active if inadvertent participants in social reproduction, little has been said about how young children engage in class reproduction. Through observing in a preschool classroom with a class diverse student body, I show that preschoolers are already class actors, performing class through their linguistic styles. Upper-middle-class children speak, interrupt, ask for help, and argue more often than working-class children. Upper-middle-class children's classed linguistic style effectively silences working-class students, gives them less power, and allows them fewer opportunities to develop their language skills. The children's linguistic class performances have immediate consequences and potential future implications for class reproduction. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Streib, J

Published Date

  • June 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 337 - 352

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7837

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-0436

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11133-011-9193-1

Citation Source

  • Scopus