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Understanding the interventionist urge,
This review is from: Standing Up to Supernanny (Societas) (Paperback)This book is a great read and very thought provoking, made immediate through a wide variety of examples of the way parenthood is being weakend as a process and relationship through a plethora of external influences, and how these are being increasingly internalised. Although my wife and I don't have any children of our own, we have many friends who do and have a relatively relaxed approach to looking after their children from time to time. Over the last few years though, we've become increasingly aware of the barriers being put in place to make that relaxed and spontaneous involvement in other childrens lives more awkward. Reading this book made sense of the changes taking place with our friends as they try and steer their way through a more distrustful world, and that it wasn't something isolated to our own friends but is more broad across society.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone concerned with making sense of our changing world.
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Initial post: 30 Jun 2010 15:43:18 BDT
Mahican Gielen says:
I can't see how one can give a decent review on a book like this. I haven't read it myself, so I'm not commenting on the book itself. But - "....looking after their children from time to time...." - this can hardly qualify as parenting experience in whatsoever way. If you don't have children of your own, you have no clue. Period.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2010 18:27:48 BDT
Mikey G says:
I disagree. I am in my 20s and single, but I am involved with a lot of youthwork and am friends with many parents of those youth. I also am aware (and frustrated) with the "barriers" that prevent effective work with young people. I haven't read the book, but I found Mr. Belt's review helpful and I might buy the book as a result. Just because he doesn't have children of his own, that doesn't mean he has "no clue" - one would have to be very isolated to have no contact with children in the world. It's like saying, "If you're not an MP, you have no clue about politics."
I do see what you're saying though: having children of one's own can make the issues more visible.
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