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Family makeover: Coaching, confession and parental responsibilisation
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
2014 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104, Vol. 22, no 2, 169-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Today, there is a widespread idea that parents need to learn how to carry out their roles as parents. Practices of parental learning operate throughout society. This article deals with one particular practice of parental learning, namely nanny TV, and the way in which ideal parents are constructed through such programmes. The point of departure is SOS family, a series broadcast on Swedish television in 2008. Proceeding from the theorising of governmentality developed in the wake of the work of Michel Foucault, we analyse the parental ideals conveyed in the series, as an example of the way parents are constituted as subjects in the ‘advanced liberal society’ of today. The ideal parent is a subject who, guided by the coach, is constantly endeavouring to achieve a makeover. The objective of this endeavour, however, is self-control, whereby the parents will in the end become their own coaches. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 22, no 2, 169-188 p.
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confession; parent education; governmentality; citizenship; nanny TV; responsibilisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88512DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2013.812136OAI: diva2:604592
Available from: 2013-02-11 Created: 2013-02-11 Last updated: 2014-06-25

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