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Childrearing: a private and public issue

In the run-up to the transformation of youth and family care, the ‘educative civil society’ (ECS) ‐ the joint efforts of citizens in the upbringing of children and adolescents ‐ has increasingly received attention. Many municipalities have embraced the ECS and translated into policy plans and practice initiatives. At the same time, there is criticisms: is it feasible to expect that all parents are willing to form childrearing networks? This article reports on a focus group study on parents’ willingness to involve others in the upbringing of their children. The results suggest that sharing childrearing responsibilities is a delicate issue that comes with conditions. At the same time, the results give rise to a nuancing of the antithesis ‘private worry vs. public issue’: parents believe that they do not have, nor insist on having, the monopoly on childrearing and emphasize the additional and compensatory value of secondary caregivers, both for their children and for themselves as primary caregivers. These nuances give nourishment to the debate on the feasibility and future development of the ECS.
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Keywords: civil society; focus group study; nonparental adults; shared childrearing responsibilities; social policy in transition

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: October 21, 2017

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  • Het tijdschrift Pedagogiek stelt zich ten doel de wetenschappelijke discussie over opvoeding, onderwijs en vorming binnen het Nederlands taalgebied (Nederland en Vlaanderen) te stimuleren en te ondersteunen. Pedagogiek beoogt naast een bijdrage aan het wetenschappelijke debat ook de maatschappelijke discussie op de terreinen van opvoeding, onderwijs en vorming te bevorderen. Bijdragen zullen dan ook uitdrukkelijk worden beoordeeld op zowel hun wetenschappelijke als maatschappelijke relevantie. Pedagogiek biedt: (1) wetenschappelijke verslagen van empirisch, theoretisch en historisch onderzoek op het gebied van opvoeding, onderwijs en vorming, alsmede review studies op onderhavige terreinen; (2) opiniërende bijdragen van wetenschappelijk niveau (Forumbijdragen); (3) boekbesprekingen.

    The journal Pedagogiek (Pedagogy) aims to stimulate and support the scholarly discourse on child rearing, education and training within the Dutch language area (The Netherlands and the Flemish region). Pedagogiek strives to contribute to the scholarly debate, but also desires to boost the public debate on the subject of child rearing, education and training. Therefore, contributions will be judged explicitly on both their scholarly merit and their social relevance. Pedagogiek offers: (1) scholarly articles reporting on empirical, theoretical and historical research in the field of child rearing, education and training, and review studies in the same field; (2) opinion pieces on a scholarly level (panel discussions); (3) book reviews.

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