The baby group: charting the typologies of a parental community of practice

Hickey, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9862-6444 (2019) The baby group: charting the typologies of a parental community of practice. Leisure Studies, 38 (4). pp. 480-493. ISSN 0261-4367

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Abstract

This paper presents an initial exploration of the ‘baby group’. These informal associations of parents (typically mothers) and their children function as important sites of support and friendship. As peer-constituted and mediated ‘communities of practice’, ‘baby’ or ‘mother’s groups’ present as significant forums for negotiating prevailing knowledge-structures that circulate around parenting. In making a case for the baby-group as a social learning system and expression of a core discussion group, this paper will chart a typology of the baby group via an analysis of, firstly, the scholarly and grey-literature attached to baby groups and secondly, an initial incursion into focus group and interview-derived data collected during discussions with one such group located in south-east Queensland, Australia. These two sources provide the foundation from which this paper will offer initial insights into the role and purpose of the baby group, and from which an agenda for the further exploration of the baby group might commence.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 March 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 March 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 05:29
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Motherhood, Parenting, Community of Practice, Core Discussion Networks, Social Learning System
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2019.1599045
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36863

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