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Black Mothers and Attachment ParentingA Black Feminist Analysis of Intensive Mothering in Britain and Canada$
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Patricia Hamilton

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529207934

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529207934.001.0001

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Negotiating Parental Leave Policies in Britain and Canada

Negotiating Parental Leave Policies in Britain and Canada

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Black Mothers and Attachment Parenting

Patricia Hamilton

Policy Press

This chapter elaborates on how attachment parenting (AP) presupposes and reinforces women's biological responsibility for the work of childrearing. It discusses AP's notion that cis women are the only possible and appropriate parents and idealizes a biological relationship between mother and child. It also talks about AP's particular identification of mothers' bodies as a site through which good parenting may be enacted. The chapter delves into parental leave as the most prominent among gendered beliefs about appropriate caregivers, which are shaped by policies and legislation that govern the experience of childrearing. It deliberates how AP aligns with the underlying message of parental leave legislation that stresses the importance of the early years of an infant's life and that mothers are uniquely suited to perform such care.

Keywords:   attachment parenting, cis women, childrearing, biological relationship, good parenting, parental leave, parental leave legislation

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