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Why have the trivialities of the way mom and dad elevate their little ones turn into regimen resources of public debate and coverage making? This ebook presents in-depth solutions to those good points drawing on a variety of assets from sociology, background, anthropology and psychology, masking advancements in either Europe and North America.

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Certainly, soon after the 1920s, expert studies in this field built on, and cemented, the concern with psychological vulnerability during infancy. It was during the post-World War II period that psychological and cognitive child development theorists also came into an ascendency, with Freud, Erikson, and Piaget1 publishing their studies of childhood, associating childhood experience with adult development. What united these studies was the assumption of the absolute necessity of a mother’s loving nurture.

And finally, the ‘more’ requires that a mother pay attention to what experts say about child development. It is not enough to ‘make do’ and do what seems easiest. Hays coins the term ‘intensive motherhood’ to describe an ideology that urges mothers to ‘spend a tremendous amount of time, energy and money in raising their children’ (Hays, 1996, p. x). According to this ideology, ‘the methods of appropriate child rearing are construed as child-centred, expert-guided, emotionally absorbing, labor intensive, and financially expensive’ (Hays, 1996, p.

The sociologist of childhood Alan Prout also identifies this paradox or contradiction in the way childhood is presently socially constructed: On the one hand, there is an increasing tendency to see children as individuals with a capacity for self-realisation and, within the limits of social interdependency, autonomous action; on the other, there are practices directed at a greater surveillance, control and regulation of children. (Prout, 2000, p. 304) Cunningham (2006) concurs, observing that at no other time in history have we been quite so concerned about children and their safety.

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