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Parental rights and responsibilitiesAnalysing social policy and lived experiences$
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Harriet Churchill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.001.0001

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Parenthood and parenting in context

Parenthood and parenting in context

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(p.160) (p.161) Eight Parenthood and parenting in context
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Parental rights and responsibilities
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Harriet Churchill

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.003.0008

This chapter considers issues emerging from a thematic analysis of recent sociological and social policy research about the social constructions of parental rights and responsibilities, and parents' experiences, concerns, and practices across a range of social, personal, and family contexts and in relation to a range of ‘parenting topics’. Many parents, in line with policy and legal imperatives, seek caring, loving, and authoritative parent-child relationships; construct good parenthood as involving the fulfillment of obligations and responsibilities towards children; view good parenting as meeting children's needs; and construct particular practices as ‘desirable parenting practices’. However, what constitutes caring and authoritative parent-child relationships, children's needs, parental responsibilities, and desirable parenting practices is contested, context-dependent, and dynamic.

Keywords:   sociological policy, social policy, social constructions, parental rights, parenting topics, legal imperatives, parent-child relationships, parenting practices

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