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Thinking Allowed - Private lives and cellphone parents

Updated Wednesday, 20th July 2011

Laurie Taylor and guests consider intrusions into privacy, and parenting-by-phone.

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A warning painted on a gate - 'We can see into your homes' Creative commons image Icon Waltjabsco under CC-BY-NC-ND under Creative-Commons license A warning on a back garden gate to nearby flat dwellers What is personal, what is confidential and what is private? These are all questions which are addressed in a new sociological study of the nature of privacy.

Christina Nippert Eng claims that 'privacy violations' are particularly damaging because they go to the heart of our rights to determine ourselves as individuals. Her work brings precision to an analysis of current reactions to the unwarranted intrusions of the press.

Also on the programme, how the millions of migrants from the Philippines attempt to parent their stay at home children by mobile phone.

Do they think they are successful? Do their children agree? Mirca Madianou talks about her study of mothers in Britain and their children back home.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is a co-production between the BBC and The Open University. You can hear it on BBC Radio 4 at 4pm on Wednesday 20th July, 2011 and again at a quarter past midnight on Monday morning, 25th July. Further broadcast details, podcast and listen again links are at

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