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Gouverner en tant que pairs (governing as peers) : experts réticents et parents compétents au sein de l’État-providence suédois
Governing as peers : Reluctant experts and competent parents in the Swedish welfare state
Summary, in English
Based on interviews with parenting support actors, we identify that parenting support actors are “reluctant expert”, keen to respect the autonomy of parents and careful not to appear paternalistic. However, according to the parenting support actors interviewed in this study, suppressing the expert role can also be a strategy to attract more parents and to foster the self-realisation of the “competent parent”.
It is argued that the “reluctant expert” and the “competent parent” can only be understood if parenting support practices are viewed as a form of micro-technologies for governing parents within a neoliberal frame, emphasising indirect and horizontal steering of parenthood and families. We propose to conceptualise this as “governing as peers”. Typical for the neoliberal frame is also that both problems and solutions are identified at the individual and family level, rather than the structural level, which infers a responsibilisation of parents.
- Centre for Economic Demography
- Department of Sociology
Lien social et Politiques
- Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
- Parenting support
- Governing as peers
- Welfare State
- The Politics of Parenting Support: Development, Forms and Agents
- ISSN: 1703-9665