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Fast Families, Virtual Children: A Critical Sociology of Families and Schooling / Edition 1

Fast Families, Virtual Children: A Critical Sociology of Families and Schooling / Edition 1

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The Internet, cell phones, and other technologies have changed the ways in which people conduct their family lives, raise children, and navigate the blurry boundary between work and home. Private life is colonized by employers, teachers, corporations; family time is taken up by work, homework, and shopping. What it means to be parents and children has changed dramatically. This book shows how the nurturance of family has increasingly become a willful, radical idea in an era of pervasive technology. The authors analyze important trends, including the acceleration and attenuation of childhood, and offer a children s bill of rights and accompanying parental responsibilities."

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ISBN-13: 9781594513398
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ben Agger is Professor of Sociology and Humanities at the University of Texas, Arlington, and Director of the Center for Theory. Renowned as a critical theorist, his latest book is entitled Texting Toward Utopia: Kids, Writing, and Resistance (Paradigm 2013).

Beth Anne Shelton, Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the author of Women, Men, and Time (Greenwood, 1992).

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Mapping Families in Fast Capitalism

Chapter 2: Implosion I: The Work/Family Boundary

Chapter 3: Implosion II: Accelerated Childhood

Chapter 4: Home/School: Toward a Rote Culture

Chapter 5: Class in Class: Capital, Human Capital, Cultural Capital

Chapter 6: Children of Parents, Children of Democracy

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