The Politicization of Parenthood

Shifting private and public responsibilities in education and child rearing

  • Martina Richter
  • Sabine Andresen

Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sabine Andresen, Martina Richter
    Pages 1-10
  3. Families and the Welfare State: The Understanding of Responsibility

  4. Child Rearing Between Family Care and Institutional Provisions

  5. Meeting Parents’ and Children’s Needs: Professionals in Schools

About this book


Currently, families are being subjected to increasing public attention with interest focusing on their potential strengths and weaknesses in determining how well children do at school. Parents and children are at the forefront of the welfare state and socio-educational activities in current programs and policies. This book examines the resulting changes in the relationship between families and the state, and the shifting borders of public and private responsibility in education, child care, and childrearing. It considers international and national debates that underline the fact that issues in private life are increasingly entering the public discourse and becoming subject to attempts at socio-political control. Finally, it discusses the growing politicization of parenthood in the (post) welfare state and the increasing attention being paid to the structural conditions of gainful employment and child care as well as to the current relations between the genders.


Politicalisation of parenthood all-day schools child care child rearing education family research social policy socio-educational activities welfare state

Editors and affiliations

  • Martina Richter
    • 1
  • Sabine Andresen
    • 2
  1. 1., Institute forSocial Work, Education andUniversity of VechtaVechtaGermany
  2. 2.Fak. ErziehungswissenschaftUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2971-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2972-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-5196
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-520X
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