Department of Sociology
Participation in Cultural Activities"
Hilary Levey's dissertation focuses on the history and development
of children's competitive activities in the United States during
the twentieth century, with a special emphasis on the contemporary
period. In particular she closely examines parents' own interpretations
and developed scripts about why their children participate in
such activities, and what the children themselves think about
their participation, by qualitatively studying families with elementary
school-age children who participate in soccer, dance, and chess.
Working with CACPS, Hilary is comparing and contrasting those
families involved with the arts and those involved with other
activities. Since we know that early arts participation leads
to greater arts consumption later in life, the information we
can learn from parents who have their children involved with dance
and those who do not is particularly important. (2006)