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Intensive Grandmothering? Exploring the Changing Nature of Grandmothering in the Context of Changes to Parenting Culture

Harman, V.; Cappellini, B.; Webster, M.

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Authors

V. Harman

M. Webster



Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which the intensification of parenting and the notion of children at risk have influenced grandmothers’ narratives and practices. Interviews with grandmothers who regularly look after their grandchildren, reveal that their practices are framed around the notions of children to be protected, educated and entertained. Such notions reveal that aspects of grandmothers’ roles as protectors, educators, playmates and confidants involved negotiations with parents around the ideal of ‘putting the child first’. The paper argues that intensive parenting has influenced grandmothering but the way this is enacted reveals resistance to certain aspects of intensive parenting.

Citation

Harman, V., Cappellini, B., & Webster, M. (2022). Intensive Grandmothering? Exploring the Changing Nature of Grandmothering in the Context of Changes to Parenting Culture. Sociology, 56(1), 38-54. https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385211034983

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 27, 2021
Publication Date Feb 1, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 30, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 31, 2021
Journal Sociology
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 1
Pages 38-54
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385211034983
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1250530

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