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Not Under My RoofParents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex$
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Amy T. Schalet

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226736181

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226736204.001.0001

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Dutch Parents and the Sleepover

Dutch Parents and the Sleepover

(p.28) (p.29) Two Dutch Parents and the Sleepover
Not Under My Roof

Amy T. Schalet

University of Chicago Press

This chapter answers the question of how to understand the openness among Dutch parents to minors spending the night together by examining three powerful frames parents use to understand adolescent sexuality and their own parental responsibility, namely, normal sexuality, relationship-based sexuality, and self-regulated sexuality. In the process of illuminating those frames, insight into the workings of normalization as an active cultural process is gained, which involves conceptualizing, controlling, and constituting both teenagers and parents. It will be seen here that the three cultural frames construct adolescent sexuality as a nonproblematic, non-emotionally disruptive, and decidedly relationship-based phenomenon, helping parents describe and interpret teenage sexuality. Finally, the sleepover serves as a means to constitute teenagers and parents as people who rationally discuss a potentially disruptive topic and jointly integrate it into the household.

Keywords:   openness, dutch parents, adolescent sexuality, normal sexuality, relationship-based sexuality, self-regulated sexuality, teenage sexuality, sleepover

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