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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
12 July 2006
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FAMILY DYNAMICS AND CHILDREN'S CONSUMPTION
Parents are often portrayed as slaves to 'pester power', giving in to children's incessant demands for new things.  However, the interaction between parents and children is in fact complex involving all members of the family, directly or indirectly.  While it is clear that children drive the agenda, the intra-family dynamics suggest parents don't simply give in to the children.

Dr Julie Evans, Lecturer at the School of Society Environment and Culture, College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, talks about her research on the relationship between parents and children, questioning whether children really are the link between advertisers and the family purse.

PESSIMISM
Since the Enlightenment political thought has, more often than not, been based on the notion that the development of knowledge will lead inevitably to progress and greater happiness for all.  Pessimism, once a respectable if not popular philosophy, has become so despised in our culture that the term 'pessimist' can be used as a term of political or philosophical abuse.

Laurie Taylor hears from Joshua Foa Dienstag, Professor of Political Science, UCLA and author of Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit who argues that pessimistic thought may provide a critically needed alternative to the progressivist ideas that have dominated thinking about politics throughout the modern period.
Additional information: 

Dr Julie Evans, Lecturer at the School of Society Environment and Culture, College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth 
 
To Buy or not to Buy: Family Dynamics and Children's Consumption 
published in Sociological Research Online 

Professor Joshua Foa Dienstag, Professor of Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles

Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 069112552X
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