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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.
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