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Small animals : parenthood in the age of fear
Brooks, Kim (Author and essayist), author.
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Flatiron Books, [2018]
Physical Description:
xi, 242 pages ; 25 cm
One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America's culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals , Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves? Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks's own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children.
Part I: Fear itself. The day I left my son in the car -- Parenthood as a competitive sport -- The fabrication of fear -- Negative feedback -- Self-report -- Part II: The cost of fear. What a horrible mother -- Quality of life -- Guinea pigs -- Small animals -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
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