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Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Parenting, Family Policy and Children's Well-Being in an Unequal Society

A New Culture War for Parents

Authors: Hartas, D.

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About this book

Western societies face many challenges. The growing inequality and the diminishing role of the welfare state and the rapid accumulation of the resources of a finite planet at the top 1% have made the world an inhospitable place to many families. Parents are left alone to deal with the big societal problems and reverse their impact on their children's educational achievement and life chances. The 'average' working family is sliding down the social ladder with a significant impact on children's learning and wellbeing. We now know that parental involvement with children's learning (although important in its own right) is not the primary mechanism through which poverty translates to underachievement and reduced social mobility. Far more relevant to children's learning and emotional wellbeing is their parents' income and educational qualifications. The mantra of 'what parents do matters' is hypocritical considering the strong influence that poverty has on parents and children. We can no longer argue that we live in a classless society, especially as it becomes clear that most governmental reforms are class based and affect poor families disproportionately. In this book, Dimitra Hartas explores parenting and its influence on children's learning and wellbeing while examining the impact of social class amidst policy initiatives to eradicate child poverty in 21st Century Britain.

About the authors

Dimitra Hartas is Associate Professor in Special Education Needs and Disability at the University of Warwick, UK. She has previously published The Right to Childhoods.

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"This is a powerful, persuasive and extremely important book. Dimitra Hartas forensically demolishes core presumptions underpinning contemporary parenting policy through a trenchant and compelling analysis of the evidence. This myth busting, ground-breaking, text should be compulsory reading for politicians, policy makers and family practitioners." - Professor Val Gillies, London South Bank University, UK


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hartas, Dimitra

    Pages 1-16

  • Home Learning Environment and Children’s Learning and Well-Being

    Hartas, Dimitra

    Pages 21-35

  • Parents’ Social Class Still Matters …

    Hartas, Dimitra

    Pages 36-47

  • Parenting in an Unequal Society

    Hartas, Dimitra

    Pages 48-69

  • Family Policy in 21st Century Britain

    Hartas, Dimitra

    Pages 75-89

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-31955-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $115.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-35495-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $110.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-34677-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Parenting, Family Policy and Children's Well-Being in an Unequal Society
Book Subtitle
A New Culture War for Parents
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31955-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137319555
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-35495-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34677-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 241
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