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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

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

Harriet Churchill

Policy Press

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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