Morality in Parents' Stories of Preschool Choice: Narrating Identity Positions of Good Parenting
2013 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology of Education, ISSN 0142-5692, E-ISSN 1465-3346, Vol. 34, no 2, 208-224 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article aims to contribute to our understanding of how moral aspects of parents’ choices of preschool play a part in the processes of marketisation and privatisation of childcare in Sweden. The paper explores parents’ narratives of preschool choice as moral claims of parental identities. The analysed data are based on a study of how parents make sense of their preschool choice during life-story interviews. Our results point out good parenting as having to do with making distinctions between what is ‘good and bad’ and ‘right and wrong’ regardless of whether the choices concern preschools or the behaviour of preschool teachers and parents. Culturally available discourses become visible through the making of these distinctions in ways that ultimately point to the subject position of parents as particular choosers as related to a prevailing discourse of parental responsibility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge , 2013. Vol. 34, no 2, 208-224 p.
Preschool choice, parental identity, narrative, morality, marketisation
Pedagogical Work Pedagogy
Research subject Educational Work; Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261450DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2012.714248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-261450DiVA: diva2:850476