Consuming Motherhood

Consuming Motherhood

by Barbara Katz Rothman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813534291

ISBN-13: 9780813534299

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

 

Consuming Motherhood addresses the provocative question of how motherhood and consumption—as ideologies and as patterns of social action—mutually shape and constitute each other in contemporary North American and European social life. Ideologically, motherhood and consumption are often constructed in opposition to each other, with

Overview

 

Consuming Motherhood addresses the provocative question of how motherhood and consumption—as ideologies and as patterns of social action—mutually shape and constitute each other in contemporary North American and European social life. Ideologically, motherhood and consumption are often constructed in opposition to each other, with motherhood standing in as a naturalized social relation that is thought to be uniquely free of the calculating instrumentality that dominates commercial relations. Yet, in social life, motherhood and consumption are inseparable. Whether shopping for children’s clothing or childbirth services, or making decisions about adopting children, becoming a mother (and maternal practice more generally) is deeply influenced by consumption. How can the relationship between motherhood and consumption be revealed, and critically analyzed? Consuming Motherhood brings together a group of sociologists, anthropologists, and religious studies scholars to address this question through carefully grounded ethnographic studies. This insightful book reveals how mothers negotiate the contradictory forces that position them as both immune from and the target of consumerist tendencies in contemporary global society.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534299
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Janelle S. Taylor
Con-Texts
Motherhood under Capitalism
Barbara Katz Rothman
How Infants Grow Mothers in North London
Daniel Miller
Contributions
Maternity and Materiality: Becoming a Mother in Consumer Culture
Alison J. Clarke
What Will I Do with All the Toys Now? Consumption and the Signification of Kinship in U.S. Fostering Relationships
Danielle F. Wozniak
"Too Bad You Got a Lemon": Peter Singer, Mothers of Children with Disabilities, and the Critique of Consumer Culture
Gail Landsman
Making Memories: Trauma, Choice, and Consumer Culture in the Case of Pregnancy Loss
Linda L. Layne
Maternal Labor in a Transnational Circuit
Ann Anagnost
Going "Home": Adoption, Exclusive Belongings, and the Mythology of Roots
Barbara Yngvesson
A Fetish Is Born: Sonographers and the Making of the Public Fetus
Janelle S. Taylor
Consuming Childbirth: The Qualified Commodification of Midwifery Care
Robbie E. Davis-Floyd
Mothers between God and Mammon: Feminist Interpretations of Childbirth
Pamela E. Klassen
Commentaries

Commoditizing Kinship in America
Igor Kopytoff
Caught in the Current
Barbara Katz Rothman
References Cited
Contributors
Index

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