Resource-free parenting: the not so curious absence of money in policy discourses of good parenting in the UK and Japan

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Abstract

This paper examines recent Japanese and UK policy recommendations on parenting practices and highlights the absence of material resources in these discussions. Parenting has gained increased prominence in recent decades. In the realm of policy there has been an expansive shift; from a narrowly focused concern with detecting neglect and abuse to the wider project of promoting ‘good’ parenting. Focusing on advice offered in relation to education and food, we note that in both Japan and the UK the relationship between money and the ability to perform idealised parenting practices is rarely mentioned. Our comparative analysis also highlights how this silence is handled differently in the two national contexts and we suggest that this reflects different historical interests in poverty and inequality. In Japan parents are encouraged to undertake activities that require financial resources but the question of how poor parents should manage is left largely unanswered: in the UK the parenting activities given greatest attention are those that do not rely on money meaning that poverty can be left off the positive parenting agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-141
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Early online date8 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristolChildrenAndFamilies
  • PolicyBristolEducation

Keywords

  • parenting
  • poverty
  • Japan
  • UK
  • education

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