Good Enough Mothering?: Feminist Perspectives on Lone Motherhood

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Overview

Currently, lone mothers and their children make up almost 20 per cent of families with dependent children in the UK, a threefold increase since 1970. Yet, while they are often cited by politicians as both a symptom and cause of social breakdown, relatively little is known of the causes, consequences and conditions of lone motherhood in Britain and throughout Europe.
Good Enough Mothering? provides accounts of historical patterns of mothering and ideologies of the family with cross-national comparisons of policies and experience of lone motherhood in developed and developing countries. Countries include: Britain, US, Norway, South Africa, Kenya, Thailand, India, Brazil and the Caribbean. This engaging edited collection will appeal to students of social policy, women's studies and social work.

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A response to the often anecdotal analysis of single motherhood examining the historical patterns, family ideologies, and social policies competing for attention in this "debate." The 11 essays, written by British sociologists, discuss social responsibilities in relation to lone mothering, cross-cultural perspectives, debates on the conditions and effects of single parenthood, social policy, and lone mothers as constituents in the underclass of both the UK and the US. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415128896
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/12/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
1 The transformation of mothering 10
2 Deconstructing motherhood 37
3 Mothering and social responsibilities in a cross-cultural perspective 58
4 Diversity in patterns of parenting and household formation 76
5 Mothers, workers, wives: comparing policy approaches to supporting lone mothers 97
6 Rational economic man or lone mothers in context? The uptake of paid work 114
7 'Parental responsibility': the reassertion of private patriarchy? 130
8 Social anxieties about lone motherhood and ideologies of the family: two sides of the same coin 148
9 Debates on disruption: what happens to the children of lone parents 157
10 Social constructions of lone motherhood: a case of competing discourses 175
11 Unpalatable choices and inadequate families: lone mothers and the underclass debate 191
References 211
Index 232
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