By Carol Vincent
Childcare is a subject that's often within the media highlight and keeps to spark heated debate within the united kingdom and all over the world. This e-book offers an in-depth research of childcare coverage and perform, interpreting center category mom and dad’ selection of childcare in the wider contexts of social type and sophistication fractions, social copy, gendered obligations and conceptions of ‘good’ parenting. Drawing at the result of a qualitative empirical examine of 2 teams of heart classification mom and dad residing in London localities, this booklet: takes under consideration key theoretical frameworks in childcare coverage, environment them in broader social, political and fiscal contexts considers the advance of the united kingdom government’s childcare process from its delivery in 1998 to the current day highlights the serious debates surrounding heart type households and their number of childcare explores mom and dad’ reports of childcare and their relationships with carers. this crucial examine involves a few thought-provoking conclusions and gives worthy insights right into a advanced topic. it truly is crucial analyzing for all these operating in or learning early years provision and coverage besides as students of sociology, category, gender and paintings.
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Interviewees often commented on my pregnancy and asked if this was my first child. This does underline the point that the women in the research sample had children ‘later’ rather than ‘earlier’. ’ questions and looking for eye contact with their partners to check on their agreement with the ‘official’ narratives. The interviews that I found slightly more challenging were those where partners were interviewed together and where tensions emerged in the interactions between them, as differences in the way they accounted for their childcare arrangements and choices became visible.
An example of this was my growing appreciation of the complexities of the relationship between mother and carer. Lynet Uttal (2002), in the preface to her study of childcare choices amongst American mothers, states that as a mother she had always sought a degree of intimacy with the carers who looked after her own children and that she failed to understand why some of her respondents did not do so. We have considered these issues further in Chapter 6. On the other hand, a close identification with respondents is also potentially problematic for a researcher.
This raises the typicality of the areas in relation to other middle-class localities, especially those in other parts of the country. Butler with Robson (2003) identify what they term the ‘metropolitan habitus’ – a set of specificities embedded in the structure and experience of London living for the middle classes. There is clearly a need for further research in different middle-class settings (see for example,Wynne 1998, and Bagnall, Longhurst and Savage 2003). A reflexive account of the research process In this final section of the chapter we make some brief observations about the research process.