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Navigating contemporary parenting cultures (a critical psychological perspective)

Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences

About the Project

PhD applications (including a brief proposal) are currently being welcomed from students who wish to conduct research into parenting within contemporary society, in particular parenting under precarity.

Research tells us that how we parent can be affected by a wider range of social and cultural influences. Taking a critical psychological perspective, the focus in these applications should be on the parents and centre on topics such as, becoming a parent (mother, father or kinship carer) and parenting within contemporary culture. A key focus of interest is on parenting under precarity, drawing on issues around inequalities and poverty within contemporary parenting. Working from a broadly critical social/health psychological perspective, projects in this area would use qualitative research methods. Wider issues to be included in this stream of work could also include projects on the transition to parenthood, LGBT parenting, parenting with a disability, age and parenting. A second stream could focus on the advice given to parents, including how you feed your child, such as infant feeding, contemporary fathering practices, gendered binaries of caring, kinship caring in parenting cultures. The methodology used to address the topic would draw on constructionist methodologies appropriate for the topic of study.

Prospective students should consider how their programme of research will build on existing literature and provide a unique contribution to new knowledge.

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