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ERIC Number: EJ1029302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Parenting Support and the Role of Society in Parental Self-Understanding: Furedi's "Paranoid Parenting" Revisited
Van den Berge, Luc
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v47 n3 p391-406 Aug 2013
The publication of Frank Furedi's "Paranoid Parenting" in 2001 was trend-setting in the sense that it addresses parents directly in a way that is intended to be both critical and supportive, by helping parents to look through a sociological lens at their alleged predicament. Furedi's hope is that this will lead to the restoration of parental self-confidence, which he claims to be sorely lacking in contemporary (Western?) society. I argue that such a project would be more likely to succeed if one were to hold a less dim view of the way both parents and other individuals are connected with their own society. By introducing a cultural-hermeneutical perspective on human agency, based on a specific reading of Heidegger and Taylor, I suggest a more constructive way to reconnect parents with the ongoing conversations in their communities and to conceptualise parenting support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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