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Kathryn Lofton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226481937

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226482125.001.0001

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Religion and the Authority in American Parenting

Religion and the Authority in American Parenting

(p.141) 7 Religion and the Authority in American Parenting
Consuming Religion

Kathryn Lofton

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reimagines the history of parenting as a subject for the study of religion. Through a schematic historical description of parenting in the United States, it tracks the expanded responsibilities and increased social expectations for parents in the formation of child identity. Focusing on the concept of parental authority, it argues that the relationship of authority between parent and child is an important document of religious history in a secular age, and encourages future scholars to explore parenting habits, prescriptions, and admonitions as an archive for religious studies.

Keywords:   parenting, lactivism, authority, democracy, parenting manuals, G. Stanley Hall, Benjamin Spock, service economy, Michel Foucault, scientia parentis

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