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What Is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family

Linda C. McClain and Daniel Cere


Extraordinary changes in patterns of family life—and family law—have dramatically altered the boundaries of parenthood and opened up numerous questions and debates. What is parenthood and why does it matter? How should society define, regulate, and support it? Is parenthood separable from marriage—or couplehood—when society seeks to foster children's well-being? What is the better model of parenthood from the perspective of child outcomes? Intense disagreements over the definition and future of marriage often rest upon conflicting convictions about parenthood. This book asks bold and direct qu ... More

Keywords: family life, family law, parenthood, marriage, adoption, donor-created families, gay parents, lesbian parents, transnational parenthood

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814729151
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814729151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda C. McClain, editor

Daniel Cere, editor

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Linda C. McClain and Daniel Cere

Part One What Is Parenthood?: Proposing Two Models

Part Two Institutions: Is Parenthood Separable from Marriage (or Couplehood) When It Comes to Fostering Child Well-Being?

Part Three Rights: What Rights Are at Stake? How Should the Rights of Adults and Children Shape the Law of Parenthood?

Part Four Child Outcomes and Forms of Parenthood: Does One Model Produce, on Average, Better Outcomes for Children? For Society?

Part Five Attachment: (How Much) Does Biology Matter?

Chapter Nine Biological and Psychological Dimensions of Integrative Attachments

Terence E. Hébert, Ellen Moss, Daniel Cere, and Hyun Song

Chapter Ten Parenting Matters

Howard Steele and Miriam Steele

Part Six Gender Equality, Gender Difference, and Parenthood: Are There Gender Differences in Parenting? Should Difference Make a Difference?

Chapter Eleven Gender and Parentage

Susan Frelich Appleton

Part Seven Globalization and Parenthood: How Do Family Immigration and Transnational Parenting Shape Parenthood? How Should They Inform Debates over Parenthood?

Chapter Thirteen Transnationalism of the Heart

Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco

Part Eight Now What?: Given Current Indicators, Can the “Toothpaste Go Back in the Tube”? Should It?

Chapter Fifteen Of Human Bonding

Elizabeth Marquardt


Daniel Cere and Linda C. McClain