The politics of normative childhoods and non-normative parenting: a response to Cristyn Davies and Kerry Robinson

Chapman, Amy and Saltmarsh, Sue (2013) The politics of normative childhoods and non-normative parenting: a response to Cristyn Davies and Kerry Robinson. Contemporary Issues In Early Childhood, 14 (1). pp. 60-65.

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Abstract

This article offers a consideration of the ways that the politics of normative childhoods are
shaped by discourses of happiness predicated on heteronormativity. Responding to the work of Cristyn
Davies and Kerry Robinson (2013, this issue), the authors argue that non-normative families and in
particular, non-normative parenting, are obliged to secure, protect and police their children’s perceived
entitlements to normative ‘happy’ childhoods in order to achieve social legitimacy. Such obligations,
they contend, locate non-normative parents and families, rather than societies, as responsible for the
effects of discriminatory social norms to which they are subjected. Informed by the work of Jonathan
Silin, the authors support a politics of childhood that gives discursive legitimacy to children’s voice and
experience regarding the ways in which normativity is enforced at their and their families’ expense.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 23:47
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2017 04:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cristyn Davies; Kerry Robinson; normativity; childhood; parenting
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2013.14.1.60
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30207

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