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Parenting the Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Parent-Blame

Tracey Jensen


Bad parenting is so often blamed for Britain's broken society, manifesting in sites as diverse as the government reaction to the riots of 2011, popular entertainment like Supernanny and the discussion boards of Mumsnet. This book examines how these pathologising ideas of failing, chaotic and dysfunctional families are manufactured across media, policy and public debate and how parent-blame creates a powerful consensus that Britain is in the grip of a parenting crisis. The book tracks how crisis talk around parenting has been used to police and discipline families who are considered to be moral ... More

Keywords: dysfunctional families, parenting, parenting crisis, bad parents, Britain, Mumsnet, parent-blame, media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447325055
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracey Jensen, author
University of Lancaster