With neoliberal ideologies having inspired social policies for families across the world, the discourse on childrearing as the sole responsibility of individual parents has become dominant. The neologism ‘parenting’ refers more and more to a decontextualized performance, with targets to be reached, and necessary competences to be learned. Currently, discourse on parenting thus entails what has been defined as ‘parental determinism’ which in turn leads to blaming parents, often described as incompetent and in need of guidance. It is, therefore, not surprising that parents’ voices have seldom been considered and systematically explored. This paper presents a qualitative study, carried out in a northern Italian province, which compared representations of childrearing in different contexts by mothers and fathers, on the one hand, and by practitioners involved in various capacities with parents, on the other. In total, 55 mothers and fathers and 49 professionals were interviewed. The resulting data enabled the identification of common views, as well as clashes in perspectives and instances of parental resistance to dominant discourses on parenting.

Representations of parenting and the neo-liberal discourse: parents’ and professionals’ views on child-rearing practices in Italy / Fargion, Silvia. - In: JOURNAL OF FAMILY STUDIES. - ISSN 1322-9400. - 29:1(2021), pp. 188-204. [10.1080/13229400.2021.1905049]

Representations of parenting and the neo-liberal discourse: parents’ and professionals’ views on child-rearing practices in Italy

Fargion, Silvia
2021-01-01

Abstract

With neoliberal ideologies having inspired social policies for families across the world, the discourse on childrearing as the sole responsibility of individual parents has become dominant. The neologism ‘parenting’ refers more and more to a decontextualized performance, with targets to be reached, and necessary competences to be learned. Currently, discourse on parenting thus entails what has been defined as ‘parental determinism’ which in turn leads to blaming parents, often described as incompetent and in need of guidance. It is, therefore, not surprising that parents’ voices have seldom been considered and systematically explored. This paper presents a qualitative study, carried out in a northern Italian province, which compared representations of childrearing in different contexts by mothers and fathers, on the one hand, and by practitioners involved in various capacities with parents, on the other. In total, 55 mothers and fathers and 49 professionals were interviewed. The resulting data enabled the identification of common views, as well as clashes in perspectives and instances of parental resistance to dominant discourses on parenting.
2021
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Fargion, Silvia
Representations of parenting and the neo-liberal discourse: parents’ and professionals’ views on child-rearing practices in Italy / Fargion, Silvia. - In: JOURNAL OF FAMILY STUDIES. - ISSN 1322-9400. - 29:1(2021), pp. 188-204. [10.1080/13229400.2021.1905049]
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