Going public? Articulations of the personal and political on

Richenda Gambles

in Rethinking the public

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424167
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303275 | DOI:
Going public? Articulations of the personal and political on

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This chapter provides an analysis of Mumsnet. It positions the study in terms of claims about the value of web-based technologies to facilitate social interaction and thereby offer new forms of support to parents and parents-to- be, forms of support that reduce parental dependence both on professionals and on other family members. In the face of the presumed disembedding of women from traditional forms of family and community, there is a suggestion that new forms of community might be produced through online, peer-based interactions.

Keywords: web-based technologies; social interaction; parental dependence; on-line interactions; Mumsnet

Chapter.  6140 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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