No Such Thing as a Parenting Expert

Defending what matters about family life

Publications

Books

Cover jpeg Macvarish, J. (2016) Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life (London: Palgrave Macmillan)

pcs cover Lee, E., Bristow, J., Faircloth, C. and Macvarish, J. (2014) Parenting Culture Studies (London: Palgrave Macmillan)

Book chapters

Macvarish, J., Lee, E. and Lowe, P. (2016) ‘Neuroscience and the Politicisation of Parenting’ In Roberta Garrett and Angie Voela, We Need to Talk About Family (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Lowe, P., Lee, E. and Macvarish, J. (2015) ‘Biologising parenting: Neuroscience discourse, English social and public health policy and understandings of the child’, Chapter 3 in G. Brady, P. Lowe and S. Olin Lauritzen (eds), Children, Health and Well-being: Policy debates and lived experience, Sociology of Health and Illness Monographs, (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell).

Macvarish, J. (2014) The Politics of Parenting, Chapter 3 in Parenting Culture Studies. Edited by Ellie Lee, Jennie Bristow, Charlotte Faircloth and Jan Macvarish. (London: Palgrave Macmillan)

Macvarish, J. (2014) ‘Babies’ Brains and Parenting Policy: The Insensitive Mother’, Essay 3 in Parenting Culture Studies. Edited by Ellie Lee, Jennie Bristow, Charlotte Faircloth and Jan Macvarish. (London: Palgrave Macmillan)

Macvarish J. and Billings J. (2010). Challenging the irrational, amoral and anti-social construction of the ‘teenage mother’. In Duncan, S., Edwards, R. and Alexander, C. (Eds.) Teenage parenting – what’s the problem? (London: Tufnell Press)

Journal articles

Lead author

Macvarish, J., Lee, E. and Lowe, P. (2015) Neuroscience and family policy: What becomes of the parent?’, Critical Social Policy 35(2):248-269.

Macvarish, J., Lee, E. and Lowe, P. (2014) ‘The ‘First Three Years’ Movement and the Infant Brain: A Review of Critiques’, Sociology Compass, 8(6):792-804.

Macvarish, J. (2010) Understanding the Significance of the Teenage Mother in Contemporary Parenting Culture, Sociological Research Online, 15(4)3.

Macvarish, J. (2010) The Effect of ‘Risk-Thinking’ on the Contemporary Construction of Teenage Motherhood, Health, Risk & Society, 12(4).

Macvarish, J. (2006) ‘What is the Problem of Singleness?’, Sociological Research Online, 11(3).

Co-author

Sheldon, S., Lee. E. and Macvarish, J. (2015) ‘“Supportive Parenting”, Responsibility and Regulation: the Welfare Assessment under the reformed Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990)’, Modern Law Review 78(3): 461-92.

Lee, E., Macvarish, J. and Sheldon, S. (2015) ‘After the ‘need for a father’: ‘the welfare of the child’ and ‘supportive parenting’ in UK assisted conception clinics’, Families, Relationships and Societies, online first.

Lowe, P., Lee, E. and Macvarish, J. (2015) ‘Biologising parenting: Neuroscience discourse, English social and public health policy and understandings of the child’, Sociology of Health and Illness, February.

Lowe, P., Lee, E., Macvarish, J. (2015) ‘Growing better brains? Pregnancy and neuroscience discourses in English social and welfare policies’, Health, Risk and Society, January.

Lee, E.J., Macvarish, J. and Sheldon, S. (2014) Assessing Child Welfare Under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008: A Case Study in Medicalization?, Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(4).

Lee, E.J., Macvarish, J. and Sheldon, S. (2013) The Role of Counsellors in Infertility Clinics, BioNews 691.

Lee, E.J, Macvarish, J. and Sheldon, S. (2012) Assessing Child Welfare Under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: The New Law, Journal of Fertility Counselling 19(3), pp. 20-25.

Lee, E.J., Macvarish, J. and Bristow, J. (2010) Guest editors, Risk, Health and Parenting Culture, special edition of Health, Risk and & Society, 12(4).

Book reviews

Macvarish, J. (2014) Review of Pat Thane and Tanya Evans Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth- Century England, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Critical Social Policy, 34(3).

Macvarish, J. (2011) Review of ‘Teenage pregnancy: The making and unmaking of a problem.’ Author L. Arai. Critical Social Policy, 31(1): 151-161.

Reports

Lee, E., Lowe, P. and Macvarish, J. (2014) The Uses and Abuses of Biology: Neuroscience, Parenting and Family Policy in Britain, A ‘Key Findings’ Report. University of Kent.

Lee, E.J., Macvarish, J. and Sheldon, S. (2012) Assessing Child Welfare Under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: The New Law. Summary of findings. University of Kent.

Vickerstaff, S.A. and Macvarish, J. and Taylor-Gooby, P.F. and Loretto, W. and Harrison, T. (2012) Trust and Confidence in Pensions: A Literature Review. Department for Work and Pensions.

Billings, J.R. and Macvarish, J. (2010) Self-Efficacy: Addressing Behavioural Attitudes Towards Risky Behaviour – An International Literature Review. Project Report. European Regional Development Fund.

Billings, J.R. and Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2010) Am I Bovvered? A Participative Action Research Study to Develop, Implement and Evaluate Physical Activity Interventions with Girls. University of Kent.

Billings, J.R. and Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2007) Let’s Talk: Attitudes and Values about Sex and Relationships Among Young People and Professionals. University of Kent.

Billings, J. and Macvarish, J. (2007) Teenage Parents’ Views and Experiences of Sex and Relationships Education, Sexual Health Services and Family Support Services in Kent. University of Kent.

Conference Papers

Jun 2016 ‘Early Intervention and the Stripping of Parental Authority’ at Parenting and Personhood: Cross- Cultural Perspectives on Expertise, Family Life and Risk Management, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

Jun 2015 ‘Neuroparenting and the Reconstitution of Parental Love’ at After the Iron Curtain: Poor Parenting and State Intervention in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Cambridge University, UK.

Jun 2015 ‘Explaining Neuroparenting’ at Pen Green Children’s Centre, Northampton, UK.

Mar 2014 ‘Biologising Parenting: Neuroscience Discourse and English Social and Public Health Policy’ at The Uses and Abuses of Biology: Neuroscience, Parenting and Family Policy in Britain, Birkbeck University, London.

Sep 2011 ‘Sexualised Children, Infantilised Adults?’ at Monitoring Parents: Science, Evidence, Experts and the New Parenting Culture Conference, University of Kent.

July 2011 ‘Negotiating teenage pregnancy and parenthood within families.’ Family Troubles Conference, London Southbank University.

2011 Teenage motherhood and the construction of the new model parent. Monitoring Parents

Sep 2009 ‘The Effect Of Risk-Thinking on the Contemporary Construction of Teenage Motherhood’ at British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Conference, Manchester.

Sept 2009 ‘Intimacy in the 21st century: The negotiation of divergent rationalities.’ Centre for Research on Family and Relationships, Solo-Living Seminar, University of Edinburgh.A

Aug 2008 Intimacy in the 21st Century: The Negotiation of Divergent Rationalities International Sociological Association Conference, Barcelona

May 2007 Paper ‘Why is Teenage Parenthood a Social Problem?’ at ‘Monitoring Parents’ conference, University of Kent. Convenor of Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood stream.

2007 Kent Regional Research Network, presentation ‘Researching Teenage Pregnancy’.

2006 BSA Risk and Society Study Group conference, University of Kent, paper ‘Comparing Understandings of Risk in Contemporary Singleness and Teenage Parenthood’.

May 2005 ‘What is the problem of singleness?’ Centre for Research in Families and Relationships, New Researchers Conference, University of Edinburgh.

April 2005 ‘Understanding the ‘popularity’ of living alone.’ British Sociological Association Annual Conference, York.

April 2004 ‘The new single woman and the affirmation of separateness.’ British Sociological Association Conference, York.

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