Adult Supervision Required: Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children by Markella RutherfordAdult Supervision Required: Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children by Markella Rutherford

Adult Supervision Required: Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children

byMarkella Rutherford

Paperback | March 1, 2013

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Adult Supervision Required considers the contradictory ways in which contemporary American culture has imagined individual autonomy for parents and children. In many ways, today’s parents and children have more freedom than ever before. There is widespread respect for children’s autonomy as distinct individuals, and a broad range of parenting styles are flourishing. Yet it may also be fair to say that there is an unprecedented fear of children’s and parents’ freedom. Dread about Amber Alerts and “stranger danger” have put an end to the unsupervised outdoor play enjoyed by earlier generations of suburban kids. Similarly, fear of bad parenting has not only given rise to a cottage industry of advice books for anxious parents, but has also granted state agencies greater power to police the family.

Using popular parenting advice literature as a springboard for a broader sociological analysis of the American family, Markella B. Rutherford explores how our increasingly psychological conception of the family might be jeopardizing our appreciation for parents’ and children’s public lives and civil liberties.

MARKELLA B. RUTHERFORD is an associate professor of sociology at Wellesley College.
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Title:Adult Supervision Required: Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and ChildrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813561132

ISBN - 13:9780813561134

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"Rutherford surveys changes in the culture of parenting in the U.S. over the course of the 20th century by analyzing the concerns of parents together with advice available to them in popular magazines between 1910 and 2009. She further supplements this analysis with intensive, open-ended interviews of 30 contemporary parents. Her focus is on supervision, freedom, and constraint. Drawing on relevant sociological theory, the author provides an interesting analysis of changing U.S. cultural norms in an important area of life. Recommended."