Making Sense of Parenthood

Caring, Gender and Family Lives


Following on from Making Sense of Motherhood (2005) and Making Sense of Fatherhood (2010), Tina Miller's book focuses on transitions to first-time parenthood and the unfolding experiences of managing caring and paid work in modern family lives. Returning to her original participants, it collects later episodes of their experience of 'doing' family life, and meticulously examines mothers' and fathers' accounts of negotiating intensified parenting responsibilities and work-place demands. It explores questions of why gender equality and equity are harder to manage within the home sphere when organising caring and associated responsibilities, re-addressing the concept of 'maternal gatekeeping' and offering insights into a new concept of 'paternal gatekeeping'. The findings presented will inform both scholarly work and policy on family lives, gender equality and work.
  • Cambridge University Press; August 2017
  • ISBN: 9781108514996
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Making Sense of Parenthood
  • Author: Tina Miller
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'Based on a unique longitudinal study, Miller not only presents a deeply insightful account as to how parenthood is continually renegotiated over time, but also of how life itself – with all its capriciousness – influences our actions and choices. At the same time she clearly shows how politics and welfare provision strongly affect the balance between work and family life. Making Sense of Parenthood: Caring, Gender and Family Lives is an essential book for policymakers, students and scholars who are interested in family and social policy studies.' Lars Plantin, Malmö University, Sweden