Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood: Race, Class, Sexuality and Nationalism

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $6.39
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 87%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $6.39   
  • New (3) from $50.42   
  • Used (5) from $6.39   


Ideologies and Technologies of Motherhood charts new territory by exploring the notion of motherhood for women of differing classes, races, religions and nations in the light of various strategies and new technologies used to attain motherhood.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415921107
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Helena Ragone is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Massachussetts in Boston. She is co-editor of Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life (Routledge, 1997). France Winddance Twine is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Associate Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Introduction: Motherhood on the Fault Lines 1
Ideologies of Motherhood and Kinship in U.S. Adoption 11
Of Likeness and Difference: How Race Is Being Transfigured by Gestational Surrogacy 56
Bearing Blackness in Britain: The Meaning of Racial Difference for White Birth Mothers of African-Descent Children 76
Baby Things as Fetishes? Memorial Goods, Simulacra, and the "Realness" Problem of Pregnancy Loss 111
Missing Motherhood: Infertility, Technology, and Poverty in Egyptian Women's Lives 139
"Real Motherhood," Class, and Children with Disabilities 169
Nonbiological Mothers and the Legal Boundaries of Motherhood: An Analysis of California Law 191
Uno hace cualquier cosa por los hijos: Motherwork and Politics in Sandinista Nicaragua 233
Mythical Mothers and Dichotomies of Good and Evil: Homeless Mothers in the United States 263
Afterword 295
Bibliography 298
Index 325
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)