Parenting culture studies [electronic resource] / Ellie Lee [and others].
- Lee, Ellie, 1969-
- Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
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- 1 online resource
- Introduction -- Ellie Lee PART I: PARENTING CULTURE 1. Intensive Parenting and the Expansion of Parenting -- Charlotte Faircloth 2. Experts and Parenting Culture -- Ellie Lee 3. The Politics of Parenting -- Jan Macvarish 4. Who Cares for Children? The Problem of Intergenerational Contact -- Jennie Bristow PART II: ESSAYS ON PARENTAL DETERMINISM 1. Policing Pregnancy: The Pregnant Woman who Drinks -- Ellie Lee 2. The Problem of 'Attachment': The 'Detached' Parent -- Charlotte Faircloth 3. Babies' Brains and Parenting Policy: The 'Insensitive' Mother -- Jan Macvarish 4. Intensive Fatherhood? The (Un)involved Dad -- Charlotte Faircloth 5. The Double Bind of Parenting Culture: Helicopter Parents and Cotton Wool Kids -- Jennie Bristow Conclusion -- Ellie Lee.
- Why have the minutiae of how parents raise their children become routine sources of public debate and policy making? This book provides in-depth answers to these features drawing on a wide range of sources from sociology, history, anthropology and psychology, covering developments in both Europe and North America. 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.
"The authors of this timely collection are in the forefront of analyses of contemporary parenting. The discourses and practices of parenting are rarely held up for sustained critique. Readers of this book will be challenged to question the politics and rationales of parenting cultures in this provocative and cogently argued book."--Deborah Lupton, University of Sydney, Australia.
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