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Author: Miriam Forman-Brunell

ISBN: 9780814727591
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 11 July 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.0 x 2.5

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.

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