This panel assembles papers on parenting interventions, i.e. institutionalized measures aiming at re-educating parents, specifically in transcultural, transnational or minoritarian settings. It focuses on the political and affective dynamics, patterns, and conflicts involved in these interventions.
In the last decades, governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations have intensified their attention to parents and families, aiming at supporting, educating, or re-educating them with regard to child-rearing. Such parenting interventions are particularly challenging if they are embedded in transcultural, transnational or minoritarian settings affected by migrations, displacement, conditions of structural violence and segregation. In such settings, they deal with diverging parenting models that cannot be easily ascribed to individual hardships or the lack of capacities. Notwithstanding such social and cultural diversity, pedagogies tend to be highly normative, geared towards determining best ways of child-rearing. Thus, interactions between educational institutions and parents with dissimilar pedagogic standards and understandings, are prone to misapprehensions, frictions and conflicts. Finally, such interactions have political implications that need to be addressed.
This panel assembles contributions on the flourishing but rarely studied field of parenting interventions, focusing both on the political and affective dynamics, patterns, and tensions that shape (and arise in) these interactions. Contributions may pertain to one of the three following settings:
a) Institutions such as kindergartens, schools or organizations of family assistance dealing with migrant families or national minorities, many times aligning parenting practices with their pedagogical standards.
b) Institutions or media programs aiming at "modernizing" the parenting practices, often by appropriating and propagating pedagogies from other, more industrialized countries.
c) Institutions, e.g. IGOs or NGOs that operate on an international level, pursuing an agenda of "improving" parenting around the world, often by fostering what is called "positive parenting".