On this blog you will find details about our favourite published work, details of events and discussions, and research projects by CPCS associates. Use the buttons at the top to visit the different areas of the Blog.
Our book ‘Parenting Culture Studies’ is out on 12th March. (Advance kindle edition available here)
Why have the minutiae of how parents raise their children become routine sources of public debate and policy making? This book provides in-depth answers to these features drawing on a wide range of sources from sociology, history, anthropology and psychology, covering developments in both Europe and North America.
- For CPCS comment on the ‘Alcohol and Pregnancy’ story, see here
- Breastfeeding – was there ever a Golden Age? BBC News On-Line essay with comment from CPCS’ Ellie Lee.
- Forced C-Sections and Stolen Babies By Jennie Bristow
- Charlotte Faircloth talking about her book Militant Lactivism? on Faculti
- Jennie Bristow on Breastfeeding Bribes in the Reproductive Review
- Charlotte Faircloth in spiked and on Channel Four news discussing the growth in online sales of breastmilk
- Frank Furedi, ‘Grandma, a danger to your child’s health’
- Ellie Lee, ‘Sex selection: what Britain’s abortion law really says’
- A call for papers for the event ‘Gender, Intimacy and Equality: (Un)comfortable bedfellows?’ co-organised by Dr Charlotte Faircloth and Dr Katherine Twamley, as well as the dates for our CPCSForums@Kent next term can be found here
- The Pitfalls of Positive Parenting: An article of this name by CPCS Associate Helen Reece, setting out a critique of UK Government advice to parents on how to discipline children, has just been published in Ethics and Education: See coverage of the article in Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail,The Express, Examiner.com The issues raised by this paper (and others) will be discussed at the Battle of Ideas Festival, at the Barbican Centre, London, 19th and 20th October, in a session called, ‘Can you be a perfect parent?’ (details here)
- In recent weeks, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issued the recommendation that midwives should breath test pregnant women to see if they smoke, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) put out a report suggesting that, if pregnant, women could be ‘better safe than sorry’ if they avoided plastics in everyday objects like packaged food and non-stick frying pans. These are responses from CPCS Associates: Ellie Lee on breath tests for pregnant women includes Metro, The Sun, Sunday Times, The Australian Deccan Chronicle, Spits (Netherlands), Delfi (Italy) A summary of coverage about this issue is here: ‘UK: Anger at proposals to test pregnant women for smoking’ On the RCOG report: ‘Stop messing with mothers-to-be. The mountain of scary ‘advice’ facing pregnant women is built on risk inflation and utterly junk science‘, by Ellie Lee ‘Pregnant women aren’t incubators – so why does medical advice treat them as though they are?’ Jennie Bristow in The Independent
- Jennie Bristow will be discussing these issues at the Battle of Ideas Festival. ‘Pregnancy today: overpoliced and overprotected?’ is on Saturday 19th October at 5.30pm. To find more about the event and how to buy tickets go to this website or see our newsletter for more info
- Visit these pages for details of research by CPCS Associates on this area
- As part of her time as Visiting Fellow with The Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, Joan Wolf gave an Open Lecture at the University of Kent, ‘Is Breast Really Best? Breastfeeding, Motherhood, and the Politics of Care’ . A recording of the lecture is available here and the Q and A session here. You can read coverage of Joan’s lecture in spiked, The Observer, The Independent The New Statesman Mumsnet and listen to her on Radio 5 live (1 h 55m) There was also further coverage in: ‘The witches of breast milk need to back off’, Live chat, ‘Is breast best?’ and ‘Breast is best. Or is it?’ (with comment by Ellie Lee) Joan’s book is now available in paperback, and the facebook page is here
- Interview with Frank Furedi, about his new book, Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust: The Jimmy Savile Scandal
- Assessing Child Welfare under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: the New Law. The summary of the findings of this new ESRC-funded study carried out by CPCS’ Ellie Lee, Jan Macvarish and Sally Sheldon can be accessed here News release about the study. Write-up of an event held at the British Library to discuss the findings of the study, published in Bionews
Our latest conference Monitoring Parents: Science, evidence, experts and the new parenting culture held at the University of Kent on 13th and 14th September 2011 generated a lot of media interest that you can read more about here