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Privacy and parenting by mobile phone.

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 20 July 2011

What is personal, what is confidential and what is private? These are all questions which are addressed in a new sociological study of the nature of privacy. Christena Nippert-Eng claims that 'privacy violations' are particularly damaging because they go to the heart of our rights to determine ourselves as individuals. Her work brings precision to an analysis of current reactions to the unwarranted intrusions of the press.
Also on the programme, how the millions of migrants from the Philippines attempt to parent their stay at home children by mobile phone. Do they think they are successful? Do their children agree? Mirca Madianou talks about her study of mothers in Britain and their children back home.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Christena Nippert-Eng

    Associate Professor of Sociology and Acting Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago

    Islands of Privacy
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    ISBN-10: 0226586537
    ISBN-13: 978-0226586533

    Find out more about Christena Nippert-Eng
  • Mirca Madianou

    Lecturer in Sociology and Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University

    Paper: Mobile Phone Parenting: Reconfiguring Relationships Between Filipina Migrant Mothers And Their Left-Behind Children
    Mirca Madianou – Daniel Miller
    doi: 10.1177/1461444810393903
    New Media & Society May 2011 vol. 13 no. 3 457-470

    Find out more about Mirca Madianou


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