Mothers and Children: Feminist Analyses and Personal Narratives / Edition 1

Mothers and Children: Feminist Analyses and Personal Narratives / Edition 1

by Susan Chase, Mary F. Rogers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813528763

ISBN-13: 9780813528762

Pub. Date: 02/01/2001

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"A skillful balance of feminist scholarship and first-person accounts, Mothers and Children richly conveys the many challenges and pleasures of feminist motherhood. Clear, insightful, and moving, the book is ideal for classroom use." --Linda L. Layne, author of Motherhood Lost: A Feminist Anthropological Analysis of Pregnancy and Loss

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"A skillful balance of feminist scholarship and first-person accounts, Mothers and Children richly conveys the many challenges and pleasures of feminist motherhood. Clear, insightful, and moving, the book is ideal for classroom use." --Linda L. Layne, author of Motherhood Lost: A Feminist Anthropological Analysis of Pregnancy and Loss

"Mothers and Children brings theory and experience together to show the complexity of feminist thinking about motherhood. It is a wonderful contribution to the literature on feminism and motherhood." --Lauri Umansky, author of Motherhood Reconceived: Feminism and the Legacies of the Sixties

This feminist exploration of mothers, mothering, and motherhood combines evaluations of empirical and theoretical work with personal narratives by mothers or caregivers. While the authors' analyses yield suggestions for new approaches to motherhood, the narratives vividly demonstrate the relevance of these issues to women's lives. The result is a nuanced picture of the complex realities mothers face, as well as their struggles, joys, and hopes for their children. In the book's first part, "Social Constructions of Motherhood," Chase and Rogers argue that dominant western views of motherhood have been and continue to be detrimental to most mothers and children. In the second part, "Maternal Bodies," the authors attend to the ways that American society and women themselves have regarded the physical aspects of motherhood. Mothers' bodies, the authors contend, have long been objects of cultural and political struggle. The final part, "Mothering in Everyday Life," suggests that only an understanding of the daily realities of mothering will lead to social and political changes promoting the welfare of mothers and children.

Susan E. Chase teaches sociology and women's studies at the University of Tulsa. She is the author of Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents. Mary F. Rogers teaches sociology and women's studies at the University of West Florida. She is the author of Barbie Culture and several other books.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813528762
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Sales rank:
695,450
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
Part 1Social Constructions of Motherhood
Chapter 1Motherhood and Feminism3
Narrative AA Mother's Story21
Narrative BA Mother's Story25
Chapter 2"Good" Mothers and "Bad" Mothers30
Narrative CInvesting in the Future48
Narrative DOn Being the "Bad" Mother of an Autistic Child52
Chapter 3The Institution and Experience of Motherhood60
Narrative EShe's Leaving Home78
Narrative FReflections of a Feminist Mom81
Chapter 4Fatherlessness, Men, and Mothering86
Narrative GParenting in Transition103
Narrative HThe Materiality of Theory108
Narrative IA Geometry of Lilies109
Part 2Maternal Bodies
Chapter 5Mothers, Sexuality, and Eros115
Narrative JMother and Child: The Erotic Bond134
Chapter 6Pregnancy and Childbirth144
Narrative KChildbirth with Power163
Narrative LChildbirth with Fear168
Chapter 7Family Making and Reproductive Technologies174
Narrative MAdoption Rights and Reproductive Wrongs190
Narrative NA Tale of Scientific Pregnancy196
Part 3Mothering in Everyday Life
Chapter 8Mothers and Children over the Life Course203
Narrative OI Am a Feminist221
Narrative PThinking about Jennifer223
Narrative QI Am My Mother's Keeper228
Chapter 9Othermothering234
Narrative RThe Godmother Network249
Narrative S"Why Do White People Have Vaginas?"251
Chapter 10Mothering as Political Action259
Narrative TStatement to the Court273
Narrative USometimes the Road Gets Lonely275
Epilogue283
Notes289
Selected Bibliography327
Index335

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