I posted this earlier on my Facebook after answering yet another parent’s email claiming to be oh so concerned about their child’s incarceration:
Maybe at first read it seems at odds against a class analysis but I don’t think so. First, it’s an observation about this gesture that is nothing more than that on most occasions. If they really had put this much concern into their child’s needs as individuals that don’t involve them as projections or extensions of themselves, they might have a better clue as to what they were getting up to in the first place outside of all the other entrapments of class society. All too often these parents want to curse at people who are actually truly concerned about their children in ways they can’t even imagine.