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Self-Esteem in Time and Place: How American Families Imagine, Enact, and Personalize a Cultural Ideal

Peggy J. Miller and Grace E. Cho


Self-Esteem in Time and Place reveals how self-esteem became a touchstone of American childrearing in the early years of the twenty-first century. Until now, almost nothing has been known about self-esteem as understood by ordinary parents or practiced as part of everyday family life. In the study reported here, parents of young children, living in a small Midwestern city, embraced self-esteem as a childrearing goal at a time when images and discourses of self-esteem proliferated across the cultural landscape. European American, African American, middle-class, and working-class parents believe ... More

Keywords: self-esteem, childrearing, family life, young children, parents, cultural practices, development, interdisciplinary, social imaginary, sociocultural, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199959723
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199959723.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peggy J. Miller, author
Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Grace E. Cho, author
Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Olaf College