About the project
As a result of ongoing global, economic, social, cultural and political processes, new parenting norms, ideologies and practises are emerging. Migration and increased class differences bring along differentiations in access to resources and highlight the co-existence of different ideas of parenting in the same living place. Governmental practices towards parents, however, may remain largely oriented towards white middle-class perceptions of the 'good parent'. With a comparative approach this project aims to investigate how parenting cultures are formed by parents' different ideas of how to be a 'good parent' and how such parenting cultures are formed in different institutional settings. Are different parents concerned with different risks? Researchers from Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology will collaborate in this interdisciplinary project. Methods include structured and unstructured interviews, fieldwork (situated in Årstad, a socially mixed borough in Bergen) and document analysis. The theoretical framework is defined by theories of risk society.
The project consists of three work packages that are thoroughly interlinked: 1) Parenting cultures in the family; 2) the interfaces of parenting cultures and civil society, and; 3) Parenting cultures in the welfare state.
The innovative aspects of this study prominently lie in its i) focus on parenting cultures as an expression of the driving forces in a risk society; ii) comparative focus on parenting cultures, differentiated by class, migration background and gender; iii) multilevel approach which includes public, semi-public and private societal arenas; and iv) interdisciplinary methodology and analysis with contributions from Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology.
Funding source: The Norwegian Research Council