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.
- Lee, E. Faircloth, C. Macvarish, J and Bristow, J. In preparation. Blame the Parents? A Brief Introduction to Parenting Culture Studies Forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan
- Faircloth, C. 2013. Militant Lactivism? Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.
Edited books and special issues
- Faircloth, C. and Murray, M (eds.) In press, Special Issue, Journal of Family Issues, ‘Parenting: kinship, expertise and anxiety’.
- Faircloth, C. Hoffman, D and Layne, L. (Eds). Parenting in Global Perspective: Negotiating ideologies of kinship, self and politics. London: Routledge.
- Faircloth, C. and Lee, E. 2010. Sociological Research Online Special Section on ‘Changing Parenting Culture’ Vol 15, Issue 4.
Peer reviewed journal articles
- Faircloth, C. Accepted abstract. ‘Full-term breastfeeding: Nature, morality and feminism in London and Paris’ for inclusion in Ethnos special issue on Nature and Ethics (eds.) Dow, K. and Boydell, V. (Issue under review)
- Faircloth, C. and Murray, M. In press. Introduction. Special Issue Journal of Family Issues, ‘Parenting: kinship, expertise and anxiety’. Delivery, July 2013
- Faircloth, C. In press. ‘‘What feels right’: Affect and the limitations of breastfeeding policy’ Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, Special Issue; The Politics of Breastfeeding. Volume 34, Issue 4 Fall 2013
- Faircloth, C. 2011. ‘It feels right in my heart: Affect as accountability in narratives of attachment.’ The Sociological Review Volume 59, Issue 2, pages 283–302, May.
- Faircloth, C. 2010 ‘What science says is best: Parenting practices, scientific authority and maternal identity.’ Sociological Research Online Special Section on ‘Changing Parenting Culture’. Vol 15, Issue 4.
- Faircloth, C. and Lee, E. 2010. Introduction. Sociological Research Online Special Section on ‘Changing Parenting Culture’ (co-editor) Vol 15, Issue 4.
- Faircloth, C. 2010. ‘If they want to risk the health and well-being of their child, that’s up to them’: Long-term breastfeeding, risk and maternal identity.’ Heath, Risk and Society Special Issue: ‘Child-rearing in an Age of Risk.’ 12: 4, 357 — 367
- Faircloth, C. 2009. ‘‘Culture means nothing to me’: Thoughts on nature/culture in narratives of ‘full-term’ breastfeeding.’ Cambridge Anthropology. Vol. 28, No.2. 63-85.
- Faircloth, C. 2009. ‘Mothering as identity-work: Long-term breastfeeding and intensive motherhood.’ Anthropology News. Vol. 50. Issue 2. pp. 15-17
- Faircloth, C. Forthcoming. Is attachment mothering intensive mothering? In L. Ennis (ed.) Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Motherhood. Demeter Press.
- Faircloth, C. Forthcoming. Between ‘le corps « maternel » et le corps « érotique »’: Exploring women’s experiences of breastfeeding and expressing in the UK and France. In Cassidy, T. (ed). From Food to Fear: Cross-cultural challenges and consideration of breastmilk. (Bloomsbury).
- Faircloth, C. 2013. ‘‘Intensive motherhood’ in comparative perspective: Feminism, long-term breastfeeding and attachment parenting in London and Paris’ in Faircloth, C. Hoffman, D and Layne, L. (Eds). Parenting in Global Perspective: Negotiating ideologies of kinship, self and politics London: Routledge.
- Faircloth, C. 2012. ‘Breastfeeding in the Twentieth Century. A review of Feeding Babies, Making Mothers: The Science, Practice and Meaning of Breastfeeding in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century, by Jessica Martucci. Dissertation Reviews.
- Faircloth, C. 2012. ‘A well-rounded account. Review: Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, by Florence Williams’ The Literary Review. Issue 400, July.
- Faircloth, C. 2012. Review Unsafe Motherhood: Mayan Maternal Morality and Subjectivity in Post-War Guatemala. Nicole S. Berry. Anthropology in Action Volume 19, Number 2, Summer 2012, pp. 41-49(9)
- The new politics of parenting – in global perspective? Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research Blog
- ‘When breast is best meets equal parenting’ Working Mums Blog
- ‘How women feed babies isn’t just about statistics’ Independent and i
- ‘Are you Mom Enough? Putting parenting practices under the microscope’ Independent.co.uk
- Breastfeeding: An enduring doctrine (with Ellie Lee) spiked online
- ‘Positioning: Breastfeeding and friendship’ The Junket
- Giving women ‘constrained choice’ not real choice (with Ellie Lee) The spiked Review of Books. Issue 42.
- ‘The trials and tribulations of the ‘perfect mother’ The spiked Review of Books. Issue 33.
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