Parenthood and parenting in context

Harriet Churchill

in Parental rights and responsibilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847420916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302896 | DOI:
Parenthood and parenting in context

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This chapter considers issues emerging from a thematic analysis of recent sociological and social policy research about the social constructions of parental rights and responsibilities, and parents' experiences, concerns, and practices across a range of social, personal, and family contexts and in relation to a range of ‘parenting topics’. Many parents, in line with policy and legal imperatives, seek caring, loving, and authoritative parent-child relationships; construct good parenthood as involving the fulfillment of obligations and responsibilities towards children; view good parenting as meeting children's needs; and construct particular practices as ‘desirable parenting practices’. However, what constitutes caring and authoritative parent-child relationships, children's needs, parental responsibilities, and desirable parenting practices is contested, context-dependent, and dynamic.

Keywords: sociological policy; social policy; social constructions; parental rights; parenting topics; legal imperatives; parent-child relationships; parenting practices

Chapter.  9849 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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