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City survivorsBringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods$
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Anne Power

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420503

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420503.001.0001

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Parenting matters – pushing for kids

Parenting matters – pushing for kids

(p.93) Five Parenting matters – pushing for kids
City survivors

Anne Power

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the active role parents play in teaching their children to reach out from the family towards the wider world in order to survive. It notes that this is the essence of all parental responsibility. It observes that in these neighbourhoods, parenting responds to a fear of surrounding dangers that constrains the essential maturing and distancing process of growing up. It notes that parents invest heavily in protecting their children from terrifying threats and actual dangers. It observes that the parenting experience combines all the problems of neighbourhoods, communities, and families in one intense activity — bringing up children in troubled areas. It further observes that the risk of their own children getting involved directly, and being influenced indirectly by happenings around them, is both real and undermining to parents.

Keywords:   parental responsibility, dangers, growing up, children, troubled areas

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