Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447322566 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447322559 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure World

A History of Parenting Culture 1920 to Present

Harry Hendrick

Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure World

Harry Hendrick

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

320 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447322566 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447322559 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In this provocative history of parenting, Harry Hendrick analyzes the social and economic reasons behind parenting trends. He shows how broader social changes, including neoliberalism, feminism, the collapse of the social-democratic ideal, and the “new behaviorism,” have led to the rise of the anxious and narcissistic parent. The book charts the shift from the liberal and progressive parenting styles of the 1940s through the ’70s to the more behavioral, punitive, and managerial methods of childrearing today, made popular by so-called experts  like Gina Ford and Supernanny Jo Frost and—in the United Kingdom—by New Labour parent education programs. This trend, Hendrick argues, is symptomatic of the sour, mean-spirited, and vindictive social norms found throughout society today. It undermines the better instincts of parents and, therefore, damages parent-child relationships. Instead, he proposes, parents should focus on understanding and helping their children as they do the hard work of growing up.
Contents
Introduction;
PART 1: The origins of social democracy’s family ideal: 1920s-1940s;
1. The re-imagining of adult-child relations between the wars;
2. Wartime influences: from the evacuation to the Children Act, 1948;
PART 2. Characteristics of the ‘Golden Age’: 1940s-early 1970s;
3. Re-building the family: 1940s-1950s;
4. The ‘long sixties’: 1958-1974;
PART 3. Influences and examples from the USA;
5. Social science and American liberalism;
PART 4. Parental narcissism in neoliberal times: 1970s to the present;
6. Aspects of neoliberalism: political, economic and social realignment;
7. Laying the foundations for parental narcissism;
8. The New Labour era, and beyond: narcissism comes of age;
PART 5. Therapeutic reflections;
9) Narcissism and the 'politics of recognition': concepts of the late-modern self. 
Review Quotes
Avner Offer, University of Oxford, author of “The Challenge of Affluence”
“In progressive parenting, children came first. In market liberalism children became subordinate to parental self-interest.  How and why is told here absorbingly, from the 1920s to the present.”
Alan Prout, University of Leeds
“Situating historical and social shifts in parenthood, Hendrick’s latest work is meticulously researched, vigorously argued, glitteringly provocative—and sure to spark robust debate.”
Alison Haggett, University of Exeter
“A richly contextualized and beautifully crafted book on the history of parenting in Britain and the United States. Hendrick offers a sensitively nuanced appraisal of the past, asks pertinent questions of the present, leaving us with a strong message for the future.”
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