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Title Parenting to a degree : how family matters for college women's success / Laura T. Hamilton.
Author Hamilton, Laura T. (Laura Teresa), author.
Publication Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2016]
Copyright date ©2016
Description 1 online resource (263 pages)
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Summary Helicopter parents--the kind that continue to hover even in college--are one of the most ridiculed figures of twenty-first-century parenting, criticized for creating entitled young adults who boomerang back home. But do involved parents really damage their children and burden universities? In this book, sociologist Laura T. Hamilton illuminates the lives of young women and their families to ask just what role parents play during the crucial college years. Hamilton vividly captures the parenting approaches of mothers and fathers from all walks of life--from a CFO for a Fortune 500 company to a waitress at a roadside diner. As she shows, parents are guided by different visions of the ideal college experience, built around classed notions of women's work/family plans and the ideal age to "grow up." Some are intensively involved and hold adulthood at bay to cultivate specific traits: professional helicopters, for instance, help develop the skills and credentials that will advance their daughters'careers, while pink helicopters emphasize appearance, charm, and social ties in the hopes that women will secure a wealthy mate. In sharp contrast, bystander parents--whose influence is often limited by economic concerns--are relegated to the sidelines of their daughter's lives. Finally, paramedic parents--who can come from a wide range of class backgrounds--sit in the middle, intervening in emergencies but otherwise valuing self-sufficiency above all. Analyzing the effects of each of these approaches with clarity and depth, Hamilton ultimately argues that successfully navigating many colleges and universities without involved parents is nearly impossible, and that schools themselves are increasingly dependent on active parents for a wide array of tasks, with intended and unintended consequences. Altogether, Parenting to a Degree offers an incisive look into the new--and sometimes problematic--relationship between students, parents, and universities.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Five visions of college -- Parenting approaches. Helicopters ; Paramedics ; Bystanders -- Parenting consequences. Funding fun ; Predictability or possibility ; Failed by the university ; College outsourced.
Note Print version record.
Subject College student parents -- Research.
Women college students -- Research.
Academic achievement.
Parenting.
EDUCATION -- Higher.
Academic achievement. (OCoLC)fst00794949
Parenting. (OCoLC)fst01053407
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Hamilton, Laura T. (Laura Teresa). Parenting to a degree. Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2016] 9780226183367 (DLC) 2015039580 (OCoLC)920017451
ISBN 9780226183671 (electronic bk.)
022618367X (electronic bk.)

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