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Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure World: A History of Parenting Culture 1920s to Present

Harry Hendrick


This book analyses the social, political and economic reasons behind parenting trends. It shows how broader social changes, including neoliberalism, feminism, the collapse of the social democratic ideal, and the 'new behaviourism', have led to the rise of the narcissistic parent. The book charts the shift from the liberal and progressive parenting styles of the 1940-1970s, to the more 'behavioural', punitive and managerial methods of child rearing today, made popular by 'tough love' experts, and by New Labour's parent education programmes. The book argues that this trend is symptomatic of the ... More

Keywords: parenting, narcissistic, new behaviourism, neoliberalism, feminism, social democratic, New Labour, vindictive, parent education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447322559
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Hendrick, author
University of Warwick