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Parenthood between Generations: Transforming Reproductive Cultures

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Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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Parenthood between Generations

Transforming Reproductive Cultures

Edited by Siân Pooley and Kaveri Qureshi

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298 pages, 11 figures, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-150-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (April 2016)

ISBN  978-1-80073-721-1 $19.95/£15.95 / Pb / Published (September 2022)

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“…this is an exemplary edited collection—it does what any edited collection should, in coming together to produce something collaborative than no scholar could achieve alone. Furthermore, it provides historians, sociologists, and other scholars a new way of thinking about generational change, continuity, and communication. Any framework such as this can be reductive and simplifying rather than instructive, but used well, as exemplified here, the nuanced nature of historical change and continuity over the individual life course and at a societal level is not lost.” • Journal of Family History

“While exploring within diverse historical, geographical and global contexts, such as Uganda, China and Antilles, how men and women make—and break—relations between generations when becoming parents, this volume brings together innovative qualitative research by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists… By exploring the simultaneity of generational social roles, [It] also brings to light the complexity of attendant familial and societal dynamics.” • Open Research Library Blog

“Despite being made up of predominately ethnographic accounts, the volume lends itself well to social theory in the domain of parenthood… The chapters are diverse in subject matter and span the globe… Any student of kinship studies will find this volume a departure from more matricentric or child-centered studies that gloss over the socially constructed meanings we assign to terms such as “parenthood” and even “personhood,” meanings that are transmitted from one generation to the next and now from external authorities legitimized by the state as well.” • Student Anthropologist

“This edited volume offers an introduction ─ an essential read in itself ─ that presents scholars with a valuable critical analytical review of the field of reproductive cultures as well as a clear mapping of the diverse range of case studies covered. This wide array of case studies, on its part, spans the globe and provides grounded, rich and captivating illustrations of the intergenerational transmission of contemporary parenthood.” • Population Ageing

“The introduction alone is both a mini-encyclopedic coverage of this entire field and a much-needed and highly cogent call for a radical programmatic expansion in the scope of research addressing child-rearing” • Simon Szreter, Cambridge University

“Focusing on the intergenerational transmission of parenthood allows the authors to provide a unique lens through which to examine the processes through which children are produced across time and space. Using a rich set of case studies that span the globe, the authors draw attention to the challenges that the production of children presents, highlighting key moments in the transmission and re-production of the practices, knowledge, ways of being, and social relations that ultimately produce a ‘proper’ person.” • Cecilia Tomori, Johns Hopkins University


Recent literature has identified modern “parenting” as an expert-led practice—one which begins with pre-pregnancy decisions, entails distinct types of intimate relationships, places intense burdens on mothers and increasingly on fathers too. Exploring within diverse historical and global contexts how men and women make—and break—relations between generations when becoming parents, this volume brings together innovative qualitative research by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists. The chapters focus tightly on inter-generational transmission and demonstrate its importance for understanding how people become parents and rear children.

Siân Pooley is a Tutorial Fellow in Modern British History at Magdalen College and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. Her research explores the social and cultural history of Britain since 1850, especially through the experiences, relationships, and inequalities that mattered to children, men, and women. She is currently working on parenthood, children’s writing, and experiences of maltreatment in childhood.

Kaveri Qureshi is a senior lecturer in the social policy subject area at the University of Edinburgh. She works on how race/ethnicity, class and gender combine to shape health and intimate/personal life.

Subject: Medical AnthropologySociology

Parenthood between Generations Edited by Siân Pooley and Kaveri Qureshi is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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