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The overall economic crisis and its effects upon large social sectors in Europe and beyond have led to an increasing number of households experiencing difficulties in parenting practices. This panel offers a wide approach to childcare contexts and new strategies in coping with vulnerability.
This panel examines how social vulnerability is shaping parenting and childcare practices and explores its social and cultural meanings among individuals, families and communities. Taking into consideration the economic crisis and its devastating effects in parenting practices not only in Europe but all over the world, we propose a wide and diverse approach to vulnerability in childbearing contexts as well as to new parenting strategies in sociocultural precarity and other vulnerable circumstances. Within the European scenario we cannot forget the previous effects of the social, political and economic neoliberal transformations that started to be seen in Central and Eastern Europe throughout the nineties. All that occurs in a context in which new family realities and emerging social phenomena have been detected. Such forms led to different options for ascription and child rearing, new gender roles in relationships and the (re)configuration of social support networks - both formal and informal, as well as the need to assess the quality of public policies and the strategies of social and political actors involved in this issue. Papers that address one or more of the following themes in any region of the world are welcome: Extended parental support and care; Protection of Children: adoption and foster care (family and institutional); Health and parenting; Education and family support; The effects of housing and job insecurity on parenting; Migration and transnational families; Formal and informal networks; Public policies; and Gender inequalities such as Domestic and childcare services within the gendered International migration.