Implications — a Personal View

  • Kathryn C. Backett
Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Sociology book series (ESIS)


The main aims of this study were to describe the everyday parental behaviour of a group of middle class couples and to develop a grounded analysis of the important elements in this process. As far as possible I have tried to allow my respondents’ accounts of parenthood to speak for themselves by using a style of analysis which, hopefully, has allowed me to examine critical features of their family lives without moving too far away from their original statements.


Family Life Personal View Childcare Facility Time Childcare Career Full Time 
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Notes and References

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    J. Lofland Analyzing Social Settings (London: Wadsworth, 1971).Google Scholar
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    See, for example, R. Rapoport and R.N. Rapoport, Dual Career Families (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971).Google Scholar
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    J. Huber, ‘Introduction to “Changing Women in a Changing Society”’, American Journal of Sociology (1971) p. 765.Google Scholar
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    See the findings cited in M. Row ‘Choosing Child Care: Many Options’ in R. and R. Rapoport and Janice Bumstead (eds.), Working Couples (London and Henley: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978).Google Scholar
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    I borrow this term from the Rapoports, Working Couples (1978), op.cit., p. 185.Google Scholar
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    See, for example, J. Newson and E. Newson, Patterns of Infant Care in an Urban Community (Pelican, 1965), (first published by George Allen & Unwin, 1963).Google Scholar
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    R. Rapoport, R.N. Rapoport and Z. Strelitz with S. Kew, Fathers, Mothers and Others: Towards New Alliances (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977).Google Scholar
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    J. Huber, ‘Toward a Sociotechnological Theory of the Women’s Movement’, Social Problems (1976) p. 371.Google Scholar
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    R.M. Lerner and G.B. Spanier (eds.), Child Influences on Marital and Family Interaction (A Life-Span Perspective) (Academic Press, 1978).Google Scholar
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    See for example, J. Newson and E. Newson, Four Years Old in an Urban Community (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1968).Google Scholar
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    The Rapoports cited recent work by Urie Bronfenbrenner as evidence of this trend. U. Bronfenbrenner, ‘The roots of alienation’ in N. Talbot (ed.), Raising Children in Modern America (Boston: Little, Brown, 1976).Google Scholar
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    M.J. Bone, Here to stay. American Families in the Twentieth Century (New York: Basic Books, 1977).Google Scholar

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