The Problem with Parenting: How Raising Children Is Changing Across America By Nancy A. McDermott Cover Image
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Family scholarship focuses predominately on the evolution of family structure and function, with only passing references to parenting. Researchers who study parenting, however, invariably regard it as a sociological phenomenon with complex motivations rooted in such factors as class, economic instability, and new technologies.

This book examines the relationship between changes to the family and the emergence of parenting, defined here as a specific mode of childrearing. It shows how, beginning in the 1970s, the family was transformed from a social unit that functioned as the primary institution for raising children into a vehicle for the nurturing and fulfillment of the self. The book pays special attention to socialization and describes how the change in our understanding of parenthood--from a state of being into the distinct activity of parenting--is indicative of a disruption of our ability to transfer key cultural values and norms from one generation to the next.

About the Author

Nancy A. McDermott is an independent writer and researcher and an affiliate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781440853180
ISBN-10: 1440853185
Publisher: Praeger
Publication Date: August 24th, 2020
Pages: 189
Language: English