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Rethinking the publicInnovations in research, theory and politics$
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Nick Mahony, Janet Newman, and Clive Barnett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424167

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.001.0001

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Going public? Articulations of the personal and political on Mumsnet.com

Going public? Articulations of the personal and political on Mumsnet.com

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(p.29) Three Going public? Articulations of the personal and political on Mumsnet.com
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Rethinking the public
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Richenda Gambles

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.003.0003

This chapter provides an analysis of Mumsnet. It positions the study in terms of claims about the value of web-based technologies to facilitate social interaction and thereby offer new forms of support to parents and parents-to- be, forms of support that reduce parental dependence both on professionals and on other family members. In the face of the presumed disembedding of women from traditional forms of family and community, there is a suggestion that new forms of community might be produced through online, peer-based interactions.

Keywords:   web-based technologies, social interaction, parental dependence, on-line interactions, Mumsnet

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