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The parent: A cultural invention. The politics of parenting
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Developmental Psychology, ISSN 1740-5629, E-ISSN 1740-5610, Vol. 14, no 6, 733-746 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The welfare state interventionist position vis-a-vis families in Sweden during the twentieth century was justified by claims of parental incompetence and childrens need for protection. Childhood was regarded as a period of growing but simultaneously a period with social rights. The development of government responsibility in support of parenting during the twentieth century reflected such an understanding of childhood. In social policy children were addressed as individual agents in the family. As a consequence, the competent child was discovered, and the need for government support of parents was cast in a new light. The need to develop parental competence became a focal point of government educational initiatives/programs at the same time as children were viewed as human moral models. Children were ascribed agency and competence with adult-like rights while the role of the welfare state scaled down in the wake of economic crises. This new imagery was underwritten by international conventions in the definition of childhood.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2017. Vol. 14, no 6, 733-746 p.
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History; welfare; parenting; child development; child rights; childhood
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143111DOI: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1322952ISI: 000414178700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143111DiVA: diva2:1159367
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2017-11-22

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