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Parenting Culture Studies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ellie Lee
      Pages 1-22
  3. Parenting Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Charlotte Faircloth
      Pages 25-50
    3. Ellie Lee
      Pages 51-75
    4. Jan Macvarish
      Pages 76-101
  4. Essays on Parental Determinism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Charlotte Faircloth
      Pages 184-199
    3. Ellie Lee
      Pages 216-222
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-253

About this book


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.      


children psychology sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of KentUK

About the authors

Ellie Lee is Reader in Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent, UK. She has previously published Abortion, Motherhood and Mental Health.
Jennie Bristow is a journalist and PhD Candidate at the University of Kent, UK. She has previously published Standing up to Supernanny (with F. Furedi) and Licensed to Hug.
Charlotte Faircloth is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, UK. She has previously published Militant Lactivism? and co-edited Parenting in Global Perspective
Jan Macvarish is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent, UK.

Bibliographic information


“This book gives an account of western parenting culture in the 21st century and its historical development. … The authors aim to highlight parental determinism as a key issue of modern parenting culture which has provided a catalyst for transforming the everyday mundanities of parenting into issues of concern for the structures and institutions of western society. In these endeavours the authors, undoubtedly, succeed and, in doing so, provide an accessible yet scholarly read.” (Victoria Earley, Sociology, Vol. 50 (3), June, 2016)

“This text would be useful for those new to parenting studies as it provides a clear and accessible overview of the field. The bullet pointed chapter summaries at the end of each chapter and the beginning of each essay makes the book a useful educational resource … . the detailed analysis and stimulating arguments in relation to specific areas of contemporary parenting culture makes the text worthwhile reading for those already knowledgeable of the existing literature.” (Michelle Webster, The Sociological Review, Vol. 63 (1), May, 2015)