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.
“From deep in the heart of Texas comes an unlikely vision of liberatory family values. Fast Families, Virtual Children weds a lucid critical sociology of families to an innovative children’s bill of rights. Take a nostalgic and restorative recess from your cell phones, PCs, home entertainment centers, and iPods to read and discuss this provocative book.”
—Judith Stacey, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
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