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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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What Is a Parent?

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ISBN13: 9781841130583
ISBN: 1841130583
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

An interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of parenthood and its various manifestations in contemporary society. It is divided into three sections dealing respectively with defining parenthood, new issues in contemporary parenting and parenting post-divorce. Each contributor addresses the central question, ""what is a parent?"", from the perspective of his or her own discipline, bringing together ideas about parents derived from law, sociology, psychology, biology and criminology.;Despite the familiar and apparently obvious answer to this question, the notion of ""parent"" emerges from the analysis as a contested concept. Parenting practices are by no means fixed, and ideologies which frame who parents are and what they do are subject to disruptions from several quarters. In short, the essays in this book show the ways in which ""parent"", like ""child"", is a term with a shifting meaning and ""parenthood"" refers to a fluid set of social practices which are historically and culturally situated.;The essays are the product of a series of seminars held at the University of Cambridge in 1998 under the auspices of the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group.

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Part 1 Defining parenthood: parentage, parenthood and parental responsibility - subtle, elusive yet important distinctions, Andrew Bainham; a biomedical perspective on parenthood, Martin Johnson; assisted reproduction and the legal definition of parentage, Stuart Bridge; the welfare principle and the rights of parents, Jonathan Herring; familiy or familiarity?, Juliet Mitchell and Jack Goody.
Part 2 New issues in contemporary parenting: donating parenthood - perspectives on parenthood from surrogacy and gamete donation, Rachel Cook; unmarried fathers and the law, Ros Pickford; lesbian mother families, Susan Golombok; parents - a children's perspective, Allison James; state intervention and parental autonomy in children's cases - have we got the balance right?, Bridget Lindley; youth crime and parental responsibility, Loraine Gelsthorpe.
Part 3 Parenting post-divorce: the parent-child relationship in later life - the longer-term effects of parental divorce and remarriage, Wendy Solomou, Margaret Ely, Carol Brayne and Felicia A. Huppert; parents and divorce - changing patterns of public intervention, Mavis MacLean and Martin Richards; the psycho-politics of post-divorce parenting, Shelley Day Sclater and Candida Yates.