Summary: Wife Swap is a popular television show in which the wives/mothers of two families switch households, usually creating conflict in the clash between two very different families and their backgrounds/experiences. In this clip (an excerpt from season 5, episode 11), a mother from a blue-collar family (with 4 boys) who love to have fun (mainly through paintball) switches place with a mother from a professional, international family (with 2 children) that emphasizes health consciousness, environmental consciousness, education, and cultural awareness. It is a good accompaniment to discussions about social class and Pierre Bourdieu's concepts of types of cultural capital. Also good for demonstrating the child-rearing strategies (“concerted cultivation” and “accomplishment of natural growth”) found in Annette Lareau’s work in Unequal Childhoods.
Submitted By: Anya Galli