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Self-Esteem in Time and PlaceHow American Families Imagine, Enact, and Personalize a Cultural Ideal$
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Peggy J. Miller and Grace E. Cho

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959723

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199959723.001.0001

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Nuanced and Dissenting Voices

Nuanced and Dissenting Voices

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(p.81) 4 Nuanced and Dissenting Voices
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Self-Esteem in Time and Place
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Peggy J. Miller

Grace E. Cho

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199959723.003.0004

Chapter 4, “Nuanced and Dissenting Voices,” examines the nuances diverse parents brought to their understandings of childrearing and self-esteem. Framed within Bakhtinian theory, this chapter gives voice to African American parents, working-class parents, conservative Christian parents, and mothers, particularly women who had experienced low self-esteem. These parents endorsed self-esteem, but refracted the language of the self-esteem imaginary in ways that made sense, given their diverse values and ideological commitments, social positioning, and idiosyncratic experiences. This chapter also describes the perspectives of two groups from the larger study who challenged key elements of the dominant discourse: grandmothers of Centerville children who raised their children in an earlier era, and Taiwanese parents who grew up in a different cultural context but were temporarily residing and raising their children in Centerville. These two groups of dissenters underscore again the book’s theme that self-esteem is rooted in time and place.

Keywords:   Bakhtinian theory, diverse parents, African American parents, working-class parents, Christian parents, mothers, self-esteem imaginary, grandmothers, Taiwanese parents, cultural context

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