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It's Friday night and Mum and Dad want to have a little fun together on the town. But who can they call to watch the kids? For nearly a century, it's been the babysitter. Miriam Forman-Brunell brings critical attention to the ubiquitous, yet long-overlooked, role of the babysitter in American history. Drawing on her extensive research on the history of girls' culture and employing a broad range of vibrant sources, Forman-Brunell analyzes the figure of the babysitter in the popular imagination. In her quest to gain a fuller picture of this largely uncharted cultural phenomenon, she amassed a wealth of popular artefacts and texts from which to draw: the Babysitter's Club book series, songs such as the Lunachicks' "Babysitters on Acid" and the 1960s hit "Baby Sittin' Boogie", the Little Lulu cartoons, Barbie doll babysitting accessories, the suburban horror movie "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle", urban legends, magazines, newspapers, television shows and more. What emerges is a fascinating and multifaceted history. Forman-Brunell shows that in addition to the obvious fears involved in leaving one's children in another's care, babysitters have often been targets for social, cultural, generational, and sexual anxieties, and thus present a fascinating mirror for American society. She also delves into the world of the babysitters, gaining important new perspectives on how the American teenage girl responded to the roles and responsibilities placed upon her throughout the decades. Maligned as incompetents, airheads, home-wreckers, and worse, babysitters have played an important part in the history of the American home and workforce. With this comprehensive, insightful, and even-handed study, they finally get the attention they deserve.

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"It is remarkable that babysitting has lacked a history. Meticulously researched, written with humor and acute insight, this book not only chronicles the actual experience of babysitting over half a century, but shows how the babysitter served as a cultural lightning rod for anxieties over shifting women's liberation, the waning of masculine authority, teen sexuality, and the decline of the nuclear family. Powerful, provocative, persuasive." --Steven Mintz, author of Huck's Raft

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Description du livre New York University Press. Hardback. État : new. BRAND NEW, Babysitter: An American History, Miriam Forman-Brunell, It's Friday night and Mum and Dad want to have a little fun together on the town. But who can they call to watch the kids? For nearly a century, it's been the babysitter. Miriam Forman-Brunell brings critical attention to the ubiquitous, yet long-overlooked, role of the babysitter in American history. Drawing on her extensive research on the history of girls' culture and employing a broad range of vibrant sources, Forman-Brunell analyzes the figure of the babysitter in the popular imagination. In her quest to gain a fuller picture of this largely uncharted cultural phenomenon, she amassed a wealth of popular artefacts and texts from which to draw: the Babysitter's Club book series, songs such as the Lunachicks' "Babysitters on Acid" and the 1960s hit "Baby Sittin' Boogie", the Little Lulu cartoons, Barbie doll babysitting accessories, the suburban horror movie The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, urban legends, magazines, newspapers, television shows and more. What emerges is a fascinating and multifaceted history. Forman-Brunell shows that in addition to the obvious fears involved in leaving one's children in another's care, babysitters have often been targets for social, cultural, generational, and sexual anxieties, and thus present a fascinating mirror for American society. She also delves into the world of the babysitters, gaining important new perspectives on how the American teenage girl responded to the roles and responsibilities placed upon her throughout the decades. Maligned as incompetents, airheads, home-wreckers, and worse, babysitters have played an important part in the history of the American home and workforce. With this comprehensive, insightful, and even-handed study, they finally get the attention they deserve. N° de réf. du libraire B9780814727591

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Description du livre New York University Press, United States, 2009. Hardback. État : New. 229 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. On Friday nights many parents want to have a little fun together-without the kids. But getting a sitter -especially a dependable one-rarely seems trouble-free. Will the kids be safe with that girl ? It s a question that discomfited parents have been asking ever since the emergence of the modern American teenage girl nearly a century ago. In Babysitter, Miriam Forman-Brunell brings critical attention to the ubiquitous, yet long-overlooked babysitter in the popular imagination and American history. Informed by her research on the history of teenage girls culture, Forman-Brunell analyzes the babysitter, who has embodied adults fundamental apprehensions about girls pursuit of autonomy and empowerment. In fact, the grievances go both ways, as girls have been distressed by unsatisfactory working conditions. In her quest to gain a fuller picture of this largely unexamined cultural phenomenon, Forman-Brunell analyzes a wealth of diverse sources, such as The Baby-sitter s Club book series, horror movies like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, urban legends, magazines, newspapers, television shows, pornography, and more. Forman-Brunell shows that beyond the mundane, understandable apprehensions stirred by hiring a caretaker to mind the children in one s own home, babysitters became lightning rods for society s larger fears about gender and generational change. In the end, experts efforts to tame teenage girls with training courses, handbooks, and other texts failed to prevent generations from turning their backs on babysitting. N° de réf. du libraire CBL9780814727591

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Description du livre New York University Press, United States, 2009. Hardback. État : New. 229 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. On Friday nights many parents want to have a little fun together-without the kids. But getting a sitter -especially a dependable one-rarely seems trouble-free. Will the kids be safe with that girl ? It s a question that discomfited parents have been asking ever since the emergence of the modern American teenage girl nearly a century ago. In Babysitter, Miriam Forman-Brunell brings critical attention to the ubiquitous, yet long-overlooked babysitter in the popular imagination and American history. Informed by her research on the history of teenage girls culture, Forman-Brunell analyzes the babysitter, who has embodied adults fundamental apprehensions about girls pursuit of autonomy and empowerment. In fact, the grievances go both ways, as girls have been distressed by unsatisfactory working conditions. In her quest to gain a fuller picture of this largely unexamined cultural phenomenon, Forman-Brunell analyzes a wealth of diverse sources, such as The Baby-sitter s Club book series, horror movies like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, urban legends, magazines, newspapers, television shows, pornography, and more. Forman-Brunell shows that beyond the mundane, understandable apprehensions stirred by hiring a caretaker to mind the children in one s own home, babysitters became lightning rods for society s larger fears about gender and generational change. In the end, experts efforts to tame teenage girls with training courses, handbooks, and other texts failed to prevent generations from turning their backs on babysitting. N° de réf. du libraire CBL9780814727591

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