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Race and Parenting in the Context of Youth Incarceration

Adams, Maria and McCarthy, Daniel (2019) Race and Parenting in the Context of Youth Incarceration Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43 (16). pp. 175-192.

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This article examines the experiences of ethnic minority caregivers related to young men in prison. Focusing on how parenting was shaped through ethnic identity, we show that caregivers (especially mothers) developed a strong protectionist stance towards their children – a response partly conditioned by the pressures of crime and policing in their neighbourhoods. Reflections on parenting also encompassed specific forms of cultural shame, which were interpreted as responses to actual and perceived judgements about parenting competence. The role of faith as a means of coping with the ordeals of criminal justice contact were also identified. These findings are examined through the literature on race and parenting in explaining the consequences of crime and imprisonment in shaping family lives.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : 12 November 2019
Funders : Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
DOI : 10.1080/01419870.2019.1686161
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Race; Parenting; Prison; Coping; Religion; Shame
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2019 11:29
Last Modified : 28 Apr 2020 17:54

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