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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

200 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

200 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529207972

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    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.

    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: Contexualising 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

    Mother Knows Best? Bed-Sharing Against Expert Advice

    Best For Whom? Black Mothers’ Experiences Of Breastfeeding

    Back To Africa? Babywearing As ‘African’

    Part III: Dividing Parenting Labour

    Parental Leave Policies In The UK And Canada

    Staying At Home Or Choosing To Work: Good Black Motherhood

    Part IV: Constructing An Oppositional Model Of Good Motherhood

    Revising Attachment Parenting

    Conclusion