Early parenting and the urban experience: risk, community, play and embodiment in an East London neighbourhood

Talbot, Deborah (2013). Early parenting and the urban experience: risk, community, play and embodiment in an East London neighbourhood. Children's Geographies, 11(2) pp. 230–242.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2013.779450

Abstract

This article will critically examine theories of risk - referred to in this article as 'pro-risk' - as applied to parenting cultures in the UK through a case study of early years parenting, based in Walhamstow, East London. Common to all of these theories is an assertion that children are over-parented - a product of economic, social and cultural changes such as the decline of community as well as theories of child-centred parenting. Through the close examination of two examples where risk and community were contested, the article will argue that missing from these theories is an understanding of the embodiments of early years parenting, which underpin the way that parents handle the tensions between risk and development. Further, that parents sought to militate against isolation and the decline of community through local parenting networks.

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