The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Dr Charlotte Faircloth
Early Career Fellow
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
I am a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, in the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent, working on 3-year a project entitled ‘Parenting: Gender, Intimacy and Equality’. I am also a Visiting Scholar at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University.
I completed my PhD at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, exploring women’s experiences of attachment parenting and ‘full-term’ breastfeeding in London and Paris. Following that, I was Mildred Blaxter post-doctoral research fellow with the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, during which I completed my book 'Militant Lactivism? Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France,' which was published by Berghahn Books.
With colleagues in CPCS, I am co-author of 'Blame the Parents? An introduction to parenting culture studies' shortly to be published by Palgrave. With support from the Wenner Gren trust, I also recently co-edited 'Parenting in Global Perspective: Negotiating ideologies of kinship, self and politics,' published by Routledge.
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My doctoral work looked at women’s experiences of “full-term” breastfeeding and attachment parenting in London and Paris, with a focus on questions of kinship, identity and the new “parenting culture”.
More broadly, my work explores notions of body, gender and equality in care-giving, and has a theoretical focus on accountability and the constitution of knowledge claims.
Based on research with couples in London, my current project looks at the division of parental leave between mothers and fathers, highlighting some of the problems with talking about ‘equality’ in this context, particularly with regard to infant feeding. Future work will extend this focus on ‘equality’, in looking at childcare provision as a question of the ‘common good’, rather than simply the responsibility of individual families.
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I teach sessions on the MA module The Family, Parenting Culture and Parenting Policy and the undergraduate module Gender, Work and the Family: Exploring the Work-Life Balance.
I am also a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, lecturing and supervising on two undergraduate papers: Gender, Kinship and Care and The Family for the Faculty of Human Social and Policitcal Sciences.
- The British Sociological Association, BSA Families and Relationships Study Group; The American Anthropological Association, European Association of Social Anthropologists, The Anthropology of Britain Network, Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth; The Council for Anthropology and Reproduction, Society of Medical Anthropology.
- Member, Ethical Review Board, SSPSSR, University of Kent
- Journal articles: Sociology of Health and Illness, The Sociological Review, Health, Risk and Society, Sociological Research Online, Anthropology Matters, Agenda, Feminist Journal, Maternal & Child Nutrition, HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Sexualities, Studies in the Maternal (MaMSIE)
- Dissertations: Social Science Dissertation Reviews
- Book proposals: Palgrave Macmillan, Berghahn Books
Research coverage (See also coverage of CPCS events organised here)
- Newsnight discussing the ‘Breastfeeding could save the NHS £40m/year’ UNICEF report (22.30)
- Radio 5 Live, Drive discussing the ‘Breastfeeding could save the NHS £40m/year’ UNICEF report
- Quoted in ‘The Backlash Against Breastfeeding’ Guardian Weekend magazine.
- Discussing the TIME attachment parenting cover on Channel Four news
- ‘Sociologists – the life of the party.’ The Times
- ‘Ignore the Nursery Wars’ The Times