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Black Mothers and Attachment Parenting

A Black Feminist Analysis of Intensive Mothering in Britain and Canada

By Patricia Hamilton

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

224 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529207934

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

224 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529207972

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

16 Dec 2020

Page count

224 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529207972

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Black Mothers and Attachment Parenting

Attachment parenting is an increasingly popular style of childrearing that emphasises ‘natural’ activities such as extended breastfeeding, bedsharing and babywearing. Such parenting activities are framed as the key to addressing a variety of social ills. Parents’ choices are thus made deeply significant with the potential to guarantee the well-being of future societies.

Examining black mothers’ engagements with attachment parenting, Hamilton shows the limitations of this neoliberal approach. Unique in its intersectional analysis of contemporary mothering ideologies, this outstanding book fills a gap in the literature on parenting culture studies, drawing on black feminist theorizing to analyse intensive mothering practices and policies.

"A ground-breaking book that is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of parenting, gender and race. Acutely observed, beautifully written, and a very welcome addition to the field." Charlotte Faircloth, University College London

"Centring on the perspectives of Black mothers, this important book provides fresh insights into the racial politics of contemporary motherhood and highlights new possibilities for reconciling contradictory images of mothering. A must-read." Sinikka Elliott, University of British Columbia

Patricia Hamilton is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the University College London. Her current project is an intersectional examination of parental leave policy development and use in the UK.

Introduction

Part I: Contexualizing AP: Attachment Parenting’s Rise To Prominence (And Infamy)

From Scientific Motherhood To Intensive Mothering

Why Now? AP In A Neoliberal, Postracial Context

Part II: AP And Parenting Advice In Britain And Canada

Best For Whom? Experiences Of Breastfeeding

Mother Knows Best? Bedsharing Against Expert Advice

Babywearing: Fads, Dangers and Cultural Appropriation

Part III: Dividing Parenting Labour

Negotiating Parental Leave Policies in Britain and Canada

'Staying At Home' Or 'Choosing To Work'

Part IV: Constructing An Oppositional Model Of Good Motherhood

Reclaiming AP

Conclusion