Paths to Parenthood

Emotions on the Journey through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenting

Editors: Kokanović, Renata, Michaels, Paula A., Johnston-Ataata, Kate (Eds.)

    • Draws together researchers from sociology, history, psychiatry, cultural studies, and clinical practice, intervening in unique ways in the scholarly conversation on the emotional experience of becoming a parent
    • Offers an uncommonly cohesive look at topics that are rarely explored collectively and from an interdisciplinary perspective
    • Bridges existing scholarship by exploring transition from pregnancy to parenthood as a process
    • Distinctive in that each author draws on a shared set of narrative interviews with a diverse group of new parents
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    About this book

    This interdisciplinary book explores the affective dimensions of becoming a parent, traversing the life-cycle journey of pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. Bringing together researchers from sociology, history, feminist studies, cultural studies, general medicine, and psychiatry, Paths to Parenthood analyses rich narratives that represent a diverse cross-section of parents, including migrants, same-sex couples, and single parents.

    About the authors

    Renata Kokanović is Professor of Medical Sociology and Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne,Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor, Monash Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University. She works at the intersection of the critical social sciences, humanities, psychiatry, cultural studies, and social theory. Her current research is focused on the phenomenology of psychosis and borderline personality disorder, and on emotional responses to trauma. Professor Kokanović is Director of Healthtalk Australia, a digital repository of narrative accounts of health and illness experiences in Australia, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mental Health.
    Paula A. Michaels is Associate Professor of History at Monash University. She is the author of two prize-winning books: Lamaze: An International History (2014) and Curative Powers: Medicine and Empire in Stalin’s Central Asia (2003). Focusing on the intersection of medical and political history, her work has been supported by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia,  the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council.
    Kate Johnston-Ataata (Editorial Associate) is a Research Fellow in Sociology at RMIT University, Healthtalk Australia Coordinator, and was lead researcher on the project underpinning this book. Dr Johnston-Ataata’s research interests include the relational context of individual health and illness experiences, women’s health, and the social, cultural and emotional dimensions of life-course transitions in late modernity.

    Reviews

    “Becoming a parent changes lives in all sorts of ways and the chapters in this collection sensitively chart experiences of undertaking mothering and fathering in a range of contexts…Across the chapters experiences from wanting a baby, through birth to early parenting and “balancing” caring demands with paid work, are examined. This approach captures and collectively crystalizes the ambivalence, which continues to pattern experiences of parenthood and especially motherhood. Experiences of pain and joy, regrets, guilt and love are narrated: even so, this book is challenging and honest, rather than depressing. Collectively the chapters pose fundamental questions for societies about how parenthood is assumed and configured and how parents are supported. This fascinating book provides a unique contribution to parenthood and feminist scholarship and is a must read for anyone interested in real life experiences of motherhood, fatherhood and the doing of modern family lives.” (Professor Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK)

    “This edited collection is important reading. Based on interviews with new parents, the stories it tells belie idealised images of early parenthood. Interviewees report attempts to accommodate a new identity within changing relationships with partners, wider families and friends. Paths to Parenthood makes a significant contribution to contemporary social science and health care.” (Dr. Kerreen Reiger, author of Our Bodies, Our Babies: The Forgotten Women’s Movement)

    Table of contents (10 chapters)

    • The Complex and Contradictory Emotional Paths to Parenthood

      Michaels, Paula A. (et al.)

      Pages 1-17

    • Postnatural Families: Refiguring Intimacy Through Assisted Reproduction

      Nurka, Camille

      Pages 21-43

    • Embodying Pregnancy and Self-Surveillance

      Cregan, Kate

      Pages 45-67

    • Pain and Suffering in Labour and Birth

      Michaels, Paula A.

      Pages 69-92

    • Same-Sex Attracted Parents’ Emotional Transitions to Parenthood

      McNair, Ruth (et al.)

      Pages 95-118

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    eBook 91,62 €
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    • ISBN 978-981-13-0143-8
    • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
    • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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    Hardcover 109,99 €
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    • Due: 2018年9月22日
    • ISBN 978-981-13-0142-1
    • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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    Bibliographic Information

    Bibliographic Information
    Book Title
    Paths to Parenthood
    Book Subtitle
    Emotions on the Journey through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenting
    Editors
    • Renata Kokanović
    • Paula A. Michaels
    • Kate Johnston-Ataata
    Copyright
    2018
    Publisher
    Palgrave Macmillan
    Copyright Holder
    The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
    eBook ISBN
    978-981-13-0143-8
    DOI
    10.1007/978-981-13-0143-8
    Hardcover ISBN
    978-981-13-0142-1
    Edition Number
    1
    Number of Pages
    XIII, 254
    Topics