The In-between Places Where Children Are Socialized

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Professor Rosenbury’s splendid article makes an important contribution to the field of family law by drawing our attention to the places in which “childrearing” occurs outside the traditional arenas of school and home. Family law scholarship typically recognizes a dyadic system of childrearing where authority is shared between parents and the state. Older children might exercise some independent authority in certain areas, but, for the most part, they remain under the control of their parents and the state until they reach the age of majority. In her article, Professor Rosenbury adds a third sphere of childrearing to this existing system: the realm “between home and school,” exemplified by “playgrounds, parks, child care centers, churches, community gyms, sporting fields, dance studios, music rooms, after-school clubs, and cyberspace.”

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