Accepted paper:

'How are We Doing?': One American Single Mother by Choice Family as a Case Study of Neo-Liberal Self-Regulation

Author:

Linda Layne (Cambridge)

Paper short abstract:

An on-going, in-depth case study of one American Single Mother by Choice is used to analyze how family life is another arena of everyday analytics and neoliberal self-monitoring and regulation.

Paper long abstract:

I draw on my on-going, in-depth case study of one American Single Mother by Choice to analyze how family life is another arena of everyday analytics and neoliberal self-monitoring and regulation. Inspired by a blog that applies science to everyday life, Carmen and the three children she conceived using the same sperm donor hold weekly family meetings at which they evaluate how successful they have been in actualizing their goals with regards to health, education, kindness, and self-discipline. Individuals have been the focus of most scholarship on this topic. In this case, the focus is on a collective--a family that has chosen to model itself on successful business organizations.

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Everyday analytics: The politics and practices of self-monitoring