Jennifer Senior's All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood PDF

By Jennifer Senior

ISBN-10: 0062072269

ISBN-13: 9780062072269

Thousands of books have tested the results of folks on their young children. Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the consequences of youngsters on their parents?

"All pleasure and No enjoyable is an vital map for a trip that the majority folks take with no one. amazing, humorous, and brimming with perception, this can be a massive ebook that each guardian may still learn, after which learn back. Jennifer Senior is definitely the best writers at the planet."-Daniel Gilbert, writer of Stumbling on Happiness

In All pleasure and No enjoyable, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior isolates and analyzes the numerous ways that little ones reshape their parents' lives, no matter if it's their marriages, their jobs, their behavior, their leisure pursuits, their friendships, or their inner senses of self. She argues that adjustments within the final part century have notably altered the jobs of today's parents, making their mandates straight away extra complicated and much much less transparent. Recruiting from a large choice of sources-in background, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology-she dissects either the undying traces of parenting and those which are fresh, after which brings her examine to lifestyles within the houses of normal mom and dad round the state. the result's an unforgettable sequence of relatives pics, beginning with mom and dad of youngsters and progressing to folks of children. via vigorous and obtainable storytelling, Senior follows those dad and mom as they strive against with a few of parenthood's inner most vexations-and luxuriate in a few of its most interesting rewards.

Meticulously researched but imbued with emotional intelligence, All pleasure and No enjoyable makes us think again a few of our culture's most elementary ideals approximately parenthood, all whereas illuminating the profound methods youngsters deepen and upload function to our lives. via targeting parenthood, instead of parenting, the ebook is unique and crucial analyzing for mother and father of today-and the following day.

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Unemployment arises because the reserve price is too high’ (Harvey 2005: 53). In this context, it is apt to be maintained that this ‘reserve price’ is partly set by welfare benefits (within the neoliberal Theorizing neoliberal ‘transformation’ 19 lexicon ordinarily referred to disparagingly as ‘handouts’). Indeed, a good deal of the ‘welfare reform’, undertaken in both the USA and England, has been founded on this notion. Related to the same perspective has been the aspiration to ‘transfer all responsibility for wellbeing back to the individual’ (Harvey 2005: 76).

Such questioning might, moreover, direct attention to the use of language used within micro-engagements with the users of Children’s Services. Those situated within Children’s Services and the educational pathways governing entry to such fields of activity might, therefore, begin to think more deeply and more politically about how language works within discourses and encounters (Hawkins et al. 2001; Beckett 2003; Gregory and Holloway 2005; Heffernan 2006; McLaughlin, H. 2008). Thus, it might be inquired, what might particular words ‘assume about a social totality or infrastructure, or the presumed characteristics of social actors’ (Barrett 1992: 202)?

It leaves larger and larger segments of the population exposed to impoverishment’ (Harvey 2005: 76). Lockdown Another element – perhaps often overlooked – which can be regarded as central to neoliberalism’s mode of social regulation is the ‘new punitiveness’ (Pratt et al. 2005). This is reflected in the evolution of penal policy and, more broadly, the tendency to locate particular sections of the population (those regarded as ambiguously ‘troublesome’ and ambiguously ‘out of place’) within enclosures which may not in the ordinary sense of the word be ‘prisons’ but which remain zones of varying degrees of confinement, monitoring and supervision (see also Butler 2004).

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