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Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS)

Dear Colleague

Welcome to our January 2021 newsletter. This newsletter goes to those who have attended events organised by CPCS, and others who have expressed an interest in the work of the Centre.

If for any reason you do not want to receive future mailings, let me know.

Best wishes
Ellie Lee, Director CPCS:


Through this academic year, we’re marking a decade as a Kent University Research Centre. We’ve asked some of our friends to give us their thoughts on Parenting Culture Studies Past and Future. Thanks to them all for doing this.

Read and listen and have a look at these Twitter threads telling our story:

The Problem with Parenting

In October, we were delighted to join with the Academy of Ideas to launch the new book The Problem with Parenting: How Raising Children Is Changing Across America
by one of CPCS’ first Associates, Nancy McDermott.

Parenting the Pandemic

In December, we held a discussion on ‘Parenting the Pandemic’ about new research considering family life in the pandemic. Dr Charlotte Faircloth presented about her work with the Families and Community Transition Under Covid (FACT-Covid) project, with Val Gillies as respondent. Slides and a recording of the event are available on our blog.

Generations and society

CPCS Associate and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University Jennie Bristow, and University of Surrey Research Fellow Helen Kingstone have continued their work with an interdisciplinary network of academics and Third Sector organisations. They are working with the concept ‘generation’, to map how it can best be used, and to improve understanding of the relationship between generations, wellbeing, and public policy.

Research and publication news

The Corona Generation

Congratulations to Dr Jennie Bristow and her daughter Emma Gilland on the publication of their book The Corona Generation: Coming of age in a crisis.

  • Synopsis: It is already clear that the COVID-19 crisis will have huge social and economic implications. The Corona Generation considers its effect on the generation currently coming of age: the demographic currently known as ‘Generation Z’. A generation that was already considered to be teetering on the brink of an uncertain political, economic, and environmental future now finds itself entering an adulthood in which nothing can be taken for granted; where continuous crisis management is already presented as the ‘new normal’
  • Book launch: Join Jennie and Emma for the online launch of the book on Tuesday 2 February 19.00 – 20.30 (GMT), organised by the Academy of Ideas. This is a free public event, and all are welcome. For more info and to book visit the Academy of Ideas website
  • Read: Comment by Emma Gilland on ‘Why Schools Should Stay Open’
  • ReadComment by Jennie Bristow, ‘The Corona Generation’

Social Link and Politics

Congratulations also to Professor Claude Martin and colleagues, for a new special issue of the journal Lien Social et Politiques, titled ‘Parental determinism in question: the “parentalization” of the social’.

‘Since the beginning of the 20th century, policies and supports for parenting have been put in place in many countries of the world. Organized around twelve contributions, this issue of Social Link and Politics offers an international assessment of the general rise of this paradigm of intervention with parents, whether through cultures and norms conveyed, state policies or local interventions. Edited by Claude Martin and Xavier Leloup’:


Congratulations to Charlotte Faircloth, Katherine Twamley and Humera Iqbal. The first publication from the FACT-Covid study ‘’Er, not the best time’: methodological and ethical challenges of researching family life during a pandemic. Families, Relationships and Societies.’

Read and listen on…