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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph Henry Press (October 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309087295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309087292
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Corsaro reveals the details of kid culture in a way that few professional experts can. ...an illuminating read..." -- FOCUS, April 1, 2004

"...an absorbing account of a dedicated researcher who strived to better understand children by immersing himself in preschool culture." -- Wisconsin Bookwatch, March 2004

"Corsaro's book contains unique and valuable policy insights into early education issues..." -- Library Journal

"This book is delightful to read. ... Highly recommended to anyone who seeks to understand the social world of childhood." -- Childhood Education, September 22, 2004

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"Lots of people write about children. William Corsaro had the patience to sit down in the sandbox and the playground and listen to them first. What he found out will open your eyes. We're Friends, Right? is a landmark" -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point

"Corsaro is legendary as a researcher of children. With his incredible insight into the world of young children, he brilliantly demonstrates their amazing capacities and competencies. Conflict, friendship, rejection, and attraction are all described in a fresh and engaging way through Corsaro’s empathetic voice. We’re Friends, Right? is well-read and entertaining -- and it promises to make the reader wiser." -- Jens Qvortrup, professor of sociology, Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim

"William Corsaro paints an ethnographic portrait of the group life of young children with uncommon depth, insight, and accuracy. He suggests new aspects of what is important about high quality programs that foster continuity and close relationships. This is a lively, illuminating, and often funny book that will nourish both professionals and parents." -- Carolyn Pope Edwards, Professor of Psychology and Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Nebraska at Lincoln


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I grew up in a working class family with 4 brothers and 3 sisters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Despite working from a very young age at my father's fruit and vegetable stand in the old city market in Indianapolis and then holding down many other part time jobs as a child and adolescent, I still had a happy childhood. I was the first in my family to attend college and received my B.A. degree in sociology at Indiana University in 1970. I then went on to the University of North Carolina where I developed a strong interest in studying young children and their peer interactions. I received my Ph.D. in 1974 and then did a year post-doctoral study in a Berkeley, California preschool. It was here that I discovered that young children have their own peer cultures and earned the nickname "Big Bill" from the kids I studied.

I later carried out research in Head Start centers, preschools and elementary schools in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana, Bologna and Modena, Italy and in Trondheim, Norway. I joined the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1975 until my retirement in 2013. I now live in Mesa, Arizona. I was the Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Chair and am presently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology. I taught courses on the sociology of childhood, children in contemporary society from a comparative perspective, and ethnographic research methods. My current research focuses on children's early life transitions and children in civil society. The fourth edition of my The Sociology of Childhood was published in 2014 by Sage Publishers. I cherish the many friendships I have developed with children, their parents, and teachers over the years and I strongly believe that the future of childhood is the present.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 7, 2004
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Written by a leading authority on child ethnography William A. Corsaro (Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Professor of Sociology, Indiana University - Bloomington), We're Friends Right? Inside Kids' Culture is an absorbing account of a dedicated researcher who strived to better understand children by immersing himself in preschool culture. A scientific analysis as well as an intriguing personal narration of individual and illustrative case studies, We're Friends Right? offers a new perspective on child psychology, development, and research. We're Friends Right? is a seminal contribution to Child Development and Parenting Studies reference collections -- as well as highly recommended reading which is thoroughly accessible to non-specialist readers with an interest in gaining an informed and informative insight into the complexities of early childhood.
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By NM on September 12, 2014
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Used this for a play class in my ECE MA program
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Hoff on June 15, 2008
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Bill Corsaro describes the children like they are animals in the wild, down to the very last detail. This book is interesting if you want an in depth look into the world of children's play. It does not, however, give any practical advice on how to better facilitate children's play or help kids enter the culture of their peers more successfully. All in all, it was interesting, but rather uninformative.
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