Parenting Culture Studies

Lee, Ellie J. and Faircloth, Charlotte and Macvarish, Jan and Bristow, Jennie (2014) Parenting Culture Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 256 pp. ISBN 978-1-137-30460-5. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

Abstract

Why do we live at a time when the minutiae of how parents raise their children – how they feed them, talk to them, play with them or discipline them – have become routine sources of public debate and policy making? Why are there now so-called 'parenting experts', and social movements like Attachment Parenting, telling us that 'science says' what parents do is the cause of and solution to social problems? Parenting Culture Studies provides in-depth answers to these features of contemporary social life drawing on a wide range of sources from sociology, history, anthropology, psychology and policy studies to do so, covering developments in both Europe and North America. Key chapters cover the 'intensification of parenting', the rise of the 'parenting expert', the politicizing of parent-child relationships, and the weakening of bonds between generations. Five essays detail contemporary examples of obsessions with parenting, discussing drinking and pregnancy, attachment theory, neuroscience and family policy, fathering, and 'helicopter parenting'. The Introduction situates parental determinism in the wider context of risk consciousness and the demise of social confidence about how to approach the future. Comprehensive in scope and accessibly written, this book will be an indispensable resource for students, researchers, policy-makers and parents seeking a deeper understanding of the debates surrounding parenting and society today.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 09:51 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 13:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36971 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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