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

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01

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Although family members sometime 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 -- and even (or maybe especially) when there seems to be no monitoring going on at all.

Table of Contents

Guide to Topicsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Who's Watching?
An Introductory Essayp. 1
They're Watching You Watch Each Otherp. 17
"Nested Responsibility" and the Monitoring of Children and Parents in Family Courtp. 19
"Where Are You and What Are You Doing?"
Familial Back-Up Work as a Collateral Consequence of House Arrestp. 33
Bring It On Home
Home Drug Testing and the Relocation of the War on Drugsp. 54
We're Watching You, We're Watching Each Otherp. 71
Interracial Surveillance and Biological Privilege
Adoptive Families in the Public Eyep. 73
Playground Panopticism
Ring-around-the-Children, a Pocketful of Womenp. 94
"I Saw Your Nanny"
Gossip and Shame in the Surveillance of Child Carep. 109
Who's In, Who's Out: Monitoring Family Boundariesp. 135
The Social Impact of Amniocentesisp. 137
Turning Strangers into Kin
Half Siblings and Anonymous Donorsp. 156
The Powers of Parental Observation
Constructing Networks of Carep. 175
"Show Me You Can Be a Father"
Maternal Monitoring and Recruitment of Fathers for Involvement in Low-Income Familiesp. 192
Monitoring inside the Familyp. 217
Watching Children
Describing the Use of Baby Monitors on Epinions.comp. 219
Policing Gender Boundaries
Parental Monitoring of Preschool Children's Gender Nonconformityp. 239
"I Trust Them but I Don't Trust Them"
Issues and Dilemmas in Monitoring Teenagersp. 260
The Electronic Tether
Communication and Parental Monitoring during the College Yearsp. 277
Contributorsp. 295
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