Series "Farsi un'idea"
Publication Year 2011
Two parents, either married or cohabiting, more than two parents,
a child at all costs, homosexual parents... There are many ways to be mothers
and fathers, a variety of family types. This book describes how, in modern and
contemporary societies, the features and the values of parental experience have
changed: mothers are increasingly involved outside of the domestic sphere and
seek opportunities for self-realization in the workplace; fathers are increasingly
engaged in childcare and sharing family duties; the traditional family model
is declining as new types of households emerge, in which biological and social
bonds combine in novel ways. This text addresses today's parents' feelings,
challenges, new risks, and responsibilities.
Anna Laura Zanatta used to teach Sociology
of the Family at La Sapienza University in Rome.