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Headlines from news sources are combined with the latest and best social science research to offer scholars, practitioners, and parents a much-needed source for understanding contemporary American parenthood.
News and social media headlines abound with contradictory stories about parents, from tales of neglect to fear of helicopter parenting. What readers know about parenting and parenthood can stem from misinformation and oversimplification.
In Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood, a wide variety of contributors share research on topics ranging from international adoption to technology to talking with children about racial issues. Scholars, students, parents, and practitioners alike will find that this book breaks new ground in terms of its timely approach, its spotlight on current topics, and its attention to thinking through exaggerated and conflicting media claims about contemporary parenting. Importantly, the book focuses on both parenting, the lived experiences of parents, and parenthood, the social and cultural construction of parenthood in today's world, making it a resource for those interested in the truth of the everyday lives of American parents.
- Includes up-to-date research on parenting topics covered in news stories
- Incorporates the expertise of editor Michelle Janning, an award-winning teacher and leader in national organizations dedicated to family studies
- Helps to clarify parenting debates through sociological inquiry, instead of giving advice on how to parent
- Serves multiple audiences, including students and practitioners in professions working with parent-child relationships, scholars looking for the best new research in the field of parenting and parenthood, and parents who want to understand the larger context in which they operate on a daily basis
- Offers a range of viewpoints on parenting issues in a clearly organized format
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- Table of Contents
ContentsAcknowledgments ixIntroductionMichelle Janning xiPart OneChanging Patterns in Contemporary Parenting and ParenthoodChapter 1 Helicopter Parents: A New Moral Panic? 3Margaret K. NelsonChapter 2 World's Okayest Mom: The Adaptive Management Parent 31Valerie AdrianChapter 3 The Changing Landscape of Parent–Adult Child Relations 51Joshua ColemanChapter 4 Parenthood in the Age of Apps and Mommy Blogs:Technology and Digital Culture in Parent–ChildRelations 67Michelle Y. JanningChapter 5 Parenthood and Mental Health in the United States: Why Don't Children Improve Adults' Emotional Well-Being? 90Robin W. SimonPart Two Work, Family, and Leisure for ParentsChapter 6 Parental Leave Programs: What Do We Know about Designing Good Policies? 119Ankita PatnaikChapter 7 The Promise and Limits of Work-Family Supports in a Shifting Policy Landscape: A Double Bind for Working Mothers in Western Germany 141Caitlyn CollinsChapter 8 Parenthood and Leisure Time Disparities 168Liana SayerPart Three InequalitiesChapter 9 Understanding Inequality: Children, Consumer Culture, and the Empathy Framework 199Allison J. PughChapter 10 Do We Talk about Race/Ethnicity with our Children or Not? Variations in Parental Ethnic-Racial Socialization Strategies 216Erin PahlkeChapter 11 What Do Visas Have to Do with Parenting? Middle-Class Dependent Visa Holders and Transcultural Parenting 237Pallavi BanerjeeChapter 12 Lost in Detention and Deportation—"Found" through Foster Care and Adoption: Reviewing the Tensionsbetween Family Building and Human Rights in the United States 258Pamela Anne QuirozChapter 13 Child Well-Being in Same-Gender-Parent Families: Courts, Media, and Social Science Research 283Marshal Neal Fettro and Wendy D. ManningChapter 14 Reproducing Family: How Parents Accept Their LGB Children's "Good" Families 302Taylor Field QuirogaConclusion 323About the Editor and Contributors 327Index 331
"Michelle Janning has edited a must-have collection that offers research-based perspectives for parents overwhelmed with 'how-to' books and images of perfection on social media. The expertly-written chapters are relevant, timely, and informative; they offer variety at the same time they collectively navigate common concerns related to helicopter parenting, technology, mental health, public policy, and social inequalities. This book is an important resource for parent educators and for those whose courses focus on parenting, early childhood, and the relationship between the child, family, and community. "
"This collection of articles on parenthood is both smart and engaging. For an introduction to the sociology of contemporary parenthood, I've seen none better."
"Parenting has become fraught with tension, insecurity, and worry. Family structure changes and increased family complexity are accelerating at a head-spinning rate, and children have changed from being family income producers to costly investments. There is no lack of parenting advice in these changing times, but much of it is either based on opinion and personal experience or filled with such excessive jargon that it is difficult for those not steeped in the same jargon to understand. Under the skilled guidance of editor Michelle Y. Janning, Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research is solidly research-based but accessible to a broad audience—a true gem."
"Modern parenting is often confusing. Rapid demographic and technological change have reshaped family life in ways we are all struggling to understand, and news and social media coverage of family life often raises more questions than it answers. In this original and innovative volume, leading social scientists and family scholars look past the headlines to explain and clarify some of the most hotly debated (and sometimes sensationalized) issues in contemporary parenting. Meticulously researched yet enjoyably readable, this book provides parents, academics, policy makers, and family practitioners with a clear and accessible overview of the scientific evidence on the nature, joys, and challenges of 21st century parenting."