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Parenting and Social Solidarity in cross-cultural perspective

Faircloth, C; (2020) Parenting and Social Solidarity in cross-cultural perspective. Families, Relationships and Societies: an international journal of research and debate , 9 (1) pp. 143-159. 10.1332/204674319X15668430693616. Green open access

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Abstract

Many scholars, particularly in Anglophone countries, have observed that mothers and fathers are now expected to do much more explicit ‘parenting’ than in the past. This article draws on the case studies of Norway and the UK as examples of welfare states with different historical orientations to social coherence, equality and diversity as a means of examining the spread (or otherwise) of these ideologies. In particular, it considers theoretical concerns of risk, responsibility and trust, especially as they relate to our ideas of childhood and adulthood. In short, the article suggests that an intensification of parenting has the potential to have a corrosive effect on notions of social solidarity, and makes the case instead for a societal conception of raising children.

Type: Article
Title: Parenting and Social Solidarity in cross-cultural perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1332/204674319X15668430693616
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1332/204674319X15668430693616
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Norway; UK; childhood; parenting; social solidarity; trust
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089662
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