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  • ISBN: 9780814758533 (cl : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0814758533 (cl : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: x, 257 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2010.

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Looking toward an uncertain future -- Looking back ... Read More
Subject: Parenting > United States.
Parent and child > United States.

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Parenting Out of Control : Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times
Parenting Out of Control : Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times
by Nelson, Margaret K.
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Parenting Out of Control : Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times


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Middlebury College sociologist Nelson wanted to understand today's "helicopter parents" of the professional class, as compared with middle- and working-class parents. She interviewed 93 parents of teenagers from the three classes located all around the US, and contrasts the "parenting out of control" of the hypervigilant elite parents with the "parenting within limits" of the other classes. Here Nelson is refining Sharon Hays's "intensive mothering" and Annette Lareau's "concerted cultivation." The author's most original findings are that parents use technology to connect with, control, and monitor their children differently according to class. Professional-class parents strongly embrace connection technology, such as baby monitors and cell phones. On the other hand, they do not want V-chips and software filters that control children directly, and strongly reject tracking devices for cars and computers that secretly spy on kids. Middle- and working-class parents, on the other hand, see setting clear limits for their children as their main job as parents, and accept any tools that might help. They are more likely to decide on a technology based on cost, and on whether they think a particular child needs a higher level of surveillance and control. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. B. Weston Centre College

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