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Educating Parents: A critical encounter between Swedish government parent support and parent’s narratives
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
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2011 (English)In: Changing the Future Educating about Gender, Exeter: Exeter University , 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this study is to explore constructions of family and parenthood in Swedish contemporary parent support initiatives. We focus on government policy; municipal support initiatives; media representations of parenthood; parents’ narratives, and online activities. A discourse analytical perspective will guide the study. We draw on notions of how discourses form actions and boundaries in government’s parent support initiatives and in narratives of parents. The governmentality concept will be used to analyse processes of governance at state and individual levels (Foucault 1991). For policy analysis a “What’s the problem represented to be” approach (2009) will be used addressing how problems are constructed in policy, and how representations of problems bring about effects. Since issues of parenthood are saturated by ideas of e.g. gender, sexual orientation and dis-/ability, the study will be informed by theories of social categorizations (Butler 1990/1999; Connell 2009; Young 1997) and how these categories intersect (Crenshaw 1994; Yuval-Davies 2006). Research states Swedish parent support mainly addresses women/mothers (Bremberg,  004). There also seems to be a bias where “parents” are mainly represented by ethnic Swedish, well educated, urban, heterosexual nuclear families (Sarkadi 2009). Since parent education primarily has been studied from a medical perspective, there certainly is a need for educational researchers to study these programs and those involved, from a pedagogical and psychological perspective.

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Exeter: Exeter University , 2011.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59377OAI: diva2:551857
8th International Gender and Education Conference, Exeter University, 27-30 April, 2011.
Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2012-11-01Bibliographically approved

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