Parenting After the Century of the Child: Travelling Ideals, Institutional Negotiations and Individual Responses

Parenting After the Century of the Child: Travelling Ideals, Institutional Negotiations and Individual Responses

By: Tatjana Thelen (author), Haldis Haukanes (editor)Hardback

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Bridging the gap between studies orientated around parenthood and those on the 'globalization' of childhood, Parenting After the Century of the Child provides a timely intervention to the scholarship. It explores in depth negotiations of travelling ideals on childhood, showing the power of institutional implementations that affect parenting practices. Drawing on the latest research conducted in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and South East Asia, this book examines ideas currently travelling across the globe within institutional settings, providing new insights into the dynamics and ambivalences involved in the simultaneous reframing of childhood and parenthood. This truly global volume will appeal to anthropologists and sociologists with interests in gender, childhood studies and the sociology of the family.

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Tatjana Thelen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Haldis Haukanes is Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Health Promotion at the University of Bergen, Norway.


Contents: Parenting after the century of the child: introduction, Tatjana Thelen and Haldis Haukanes; Parenthood and childhood: debates within the social sciences, Haldis Haukanes and Tatjana Thelen; Part I Travelling Ideals about Relatedness, Family and Parenting Obligations: What is a good mother? Historical shifts, divergent models in urban Japan, Susan D. Holloway, Yoko Yamamoto and Sawako Suzuki; No school without foster families in Northern Benin: a social historical approach, Erdmute Alber; Growing up nuclear? Young Czechs' and Tunisians' visions of family, parenting and gender roles, Haldis Haukanes and Marit Tjomsland. Part II Negotiating Responsibilities in Education and Child Welfare Institutions: Child welfare, biopower and mestizo relatedness in Quito, Ecuador, Esben Leifsen; 'In the best interests of the child': intergenerational legacies of past Aboriginal child removal policies in Australia, Tiffany McComsey; 'Privatizing parenthood - modernizing childhood? Paradoxes of school reform in Eastern Germany, Tatjana Thelen; Representations of parenting practices of native and immigrant families in institutional care service settings in Barcelona, Marta Bertran. Part III Translating International Legislation to Local Settings: Custody and coming of age: 3 American cases, Randy Frances Kandel and Anne Griffiths; Child rights or wrongs: dilemmas in implementing support for children in the Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania, in the era of globalised AIDS approaches, Mai Bente Snipstad, Gro Th. Lie and Dagfinn Winje; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781409401117
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781409401117
  • weight: 594
  • ISBN10: 1409401111

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