Who's Watching?: Daily Practices of Surveillance among Contemporary Families

Overview

Although sometimes family members engage in monitoring as an extension of governmental surveillance, they also monitor each other, other families, and their own borders to preserve norms about what a family should be and what family members should do. Whether it is the seemingly benign surveillance of using baby monitors, the more obviously intrusive use of home drug tests on teenagers, or the way people in public feel free to judge and comment on the family composition of others, monitoring goes on all the ...

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Overview

Although sometimes family members engage in monitoring as an extension of governmental surveillance, they also monitor each other, other families, and their own borders to preserve norms about what a family should be and what family members should do. Whether it is the seemingly benign surveillance of using baby monitors, the more obviously intrusive use of home drug tests on teenagers, or the way people in public feel free to judge and comment on the family composition of others, monitoring goes on all the time-even (or maybe especially) when there seems to be no monitoring going on at all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826516718
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret K. Nelson is the Hepburn Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Middlebury College. She is the author of five books, includingThe Social Economy of Single Motherhood: Raising Children in Rural Americaand the forthcoming title, Parenting Out of Control: The Childrearing Style of the Professional Middle Class.

Anita Ilta Garey is Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her book, Weaving Work and Motherhood, was awarded the 2000 William S. Goode Book Award Prize from the Family Section of the American Sociology Association, and she co-edited, with Karen V. Hansen, Families in the U.S.: Kinship and Domestic Politics.

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Table of Contents

Guide to Topics xi

Acknowledgments xv

Who's Watching? An Introduction Essay Margaret K. Nelson Anita Ilta Garey 1

Part I They're Watching You Watch Each Other 17

1 "Nested Responsibility" and the Monitoring of Children and Parents in Family Court Anita Ilta Garey 19

2 "Where Are You and What Are You Doing?" Familial Back-Up Work as a Collateral Consequence of House Arrest William G. Staples 33

3 Bring It On Home Home Drug Testing and the Relocation of the War on Drugs Dawn Moore Kevin D. Haggerty 54

Part II We're Watching You, We're Watching Each Other 71

4 Interracial Surveillance and Biological Privilege Adoptive Families in the Public Eye Heather Jacobson 73

5 Playground Panopticism Ring-around-the-Children, a Pocketful of Women Holly Blackford 94

6 "I Saw Your Nanny" Gossip and Shame in the Surveillance of Child Care Margaret K. Nelson 109

Part III Who's In, Who's Out: Monitoring Family Boundaries 135

7 The Social Impact of Amniocentesis Rayna Rapp 137

8 Turning Strangers into Kin Half Siblings and Anonymous Donors Rosanna Hertz 156

9 The Powers of Parental Observation Constructing Networks of Care Karen V. Hansen 175

10 "Show Me You Can Be a Father" Maternal Monitoring and Recruitment of Fathers for Involvement in Low-Income Families Kevin Roy Linda M. Burton 192

Part IV Monitoring inside the Family 217

11 Watching Children Describing the Use of Baby Monitors on Epinions.com Margaret K. Nelson 219

12 Policing Gender Boundaries Parental Monitoring of Preschool Children's Gender Nonconformity Emily W. Kane 239

13 "I Trust Them but I Don't Trust Them" Issues and Dilemmas in Monitoring Teenagers Demie Kurz 260

14 The Electronic TetherCommunication and Parental Monitoring during the College Years Barbara K. Hofer Elena K. Kennedy Nancy Fullman Kathryn Hurd 277

Contributors 295

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