Introduction: Doing Good Parenthood

Judith Lind, Allan Westerling, Anna Sparrman, Karen Ida Dannesboe

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The purpose of this book is to explore in ten empirical chapters how good parenthood is done in different contexts, by different agents. The introductory chapter outlines the theoretical implications of viewing parenthood as a series of practices and our interest in the enactment and negotiation of good parenthood. We argue that the doing of good parenthood should be studied empirically and in context. Therefore, the particularities of Denmark and Sweden as contexts are briefly introduced. Finally, we argue that parenthood is to be understood in relation to childhood, and the doing of good parenthood should be situated in relation to notions of children’s interests and rights. Therefore, the book is anchored in the research fields of both parenting studies and child studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing Good Parenthood : Ideals and Practices of Parental Involvement
EditorsAnna Sparrman, Allan Westerling, Judith Lind, Karen Ida Dannesboe
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-46773-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-46774-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesStudies in Family and Intimate Life


  • Good parenthood
  • Childhood
  • Qualitative methods
  • Parenthood
  • Childhood studies
  • Doing parenthood
  • Parenthood-childhood

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Lind, J., Westerling, A., Sparrman, A., & Dannesboe, K. I. (2016). Introduction: Doing Good Parenthood. In A. Sparrman, A. Westerling, J. Lind, & K. I. Dannesboe (Eds.), Doing Good Parenthood: Ideals and Practices of Parental Involvement (pp. 1-15). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.. Studies in Family and Intimate Life