Drawing on both sociological and anthropological perspectives, this volume explores cross-national trends and everyday experiences of ‘parenting’.

Parenting in Global Perspective examines the significance of ‘parenting’ as a subject of professional expertise, and activity in which adults are increasingly expected to be emotionally absorbed and become personally fulfilled. By focusing the significance of parenting as a form of relationship and as mediated by family relationships across time and space, the book explores the points of accommodation and points of tension between parenting as defined by professionals, and those experienced by parents themselves. Specific themes include:

  • the ways in which the moral context for parenting is negotiated and sustained
  • the structural constraints to ‘good’ parenting (particularly in cases of immigration or reproductive technologies)
  • the relationship between intimate family life and broader cultural trends, parenting culture, policy making and nationhood
  • parenting and/as adult ‘identity-work’.

Including contributions on parenting from a range of ethnographic locales – from Europe, Canada and the US, to non-Euro-American settings such as Turkey, Chile and Brazil, this volume presents a uniquely critical and international perspective, which positions parenting as a global ideology that intersects in a variety of ways with the political, social, cultural, and economic positions of parents and families.

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PART I The moral context for parenting

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PART III Negotiating parenting culture