Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Roehampton University
Dr Charlotte Faircloth is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Roehampton University in London, and a founding member of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent. Her work is part of a growing area of academic scholarship, which situates ‘parenting’ as a key topic for understanding modern society, both in the UK and in an international perspective. Drawing attention to broader socio-cultural processes that have cast modern child rearing as a highly important yet problematic sphere of social life, this research engages with social anthropology (in debates around gender, kinship and care) sociology (constructionist theories of social problems, risk consciousness and individualisation) and social policy (with a medical anthropological perspective on public health, and the expertise culture around family life). She is particularly interested in bringing together work on the sociology of reproduction and the new ‘parenting culture’ to think about the ways social norms are gendered and reproduced.