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Family stories of the ties between mothers and daughters form the foundation of Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures. Nationally and internationally known feminist scholars frame, analyze, and explore mother-daughter bonds in this collection of essays. Cultures from around the world are mined for insights which reveal historical, generational, ethnic, political, religious, and social class differences. This book focuses on the tenacity of the connection between mothers and daughters, ...

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Overview

Family stories of the ties between mothers and daughters form the foundation of Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures. Nationally and internationally known feminist scholars frame, analyze, and explore mother-daughter bonds in this collection of essays. Cultures from around the world are mined for insights which reveal historical, generational, ethnic, political, religious, and social class differences. This book focuses on the tenacity of the connection between mothers and daughters, impediments to a strong connection, and practices of good communication. Mothers and Daughters will interest those studying communication, women’s studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, counseling, and cultural studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Patty Sotorin
Written by scholars who identify as mothers and daughters, the original studies in this multidisciplinary volume offer incisive, thoughtful explorations into the everyday experiences that make mother-daughter communication so significant.
Mary VanderGoot
Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures has variety, solid research, and energetic and creative ideas. It presents a significant introduction to a relationship that always has been important to women. Since written accounts allow us to see ourselves through seeing others, this book matters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761859154
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/21/2012
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice H. Deakins (Ph.D., Columbia University) teaches in the English Department at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Her areas of research include gender and language, pedagogical grammar, and mothers and daughters in literature. She has served as president of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) and the International Linguistic Association (ILA).

Rebecca Bryant Lockridge (Ph.D., Ohio State University) teaches in the Communication and Media Studies Department and Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine. Her research interests include the epistemology of visual communication, rhetoric of gender, and feminism and film. She is affiliated with Maine Women’s Studies Consortium, American Association of University Women, and National Women’s Studies Association.

Helen M. Sterk (Ph.D., University of Iowa) heads the Department of Communication at Western Kentucky University. She is widely published in rhetoric and women’s studies. Her most recent book is Gender, Culture and Physicality: Paradoxes and Taboos (Lexington Books, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Brinlee Kramer with Cheris Kramarae and Jana Kramer Introduction Helen M. Sterk and Alice H. Deakins

SECTION I:
THE TENACITY OF CONNECTION

Chapter One: Birthing: Daughters’ Transitions to Motherhood Helen M. Sterk and Rita L. Feikema Chapter Two: Reconnections for Life Enhancement: Daughters After Mother Loss Deborah A. O’Neil and Susan Schick Case Chapter Three: Embodying Resistance, Enforcing Obedience: Mother-Daughter Relationships in Recent Indo-Anglian Fiction Rajender Kaur Chapter Four: Mothers and Daughters: Glimpses Through Time Alice H. Deakins

SECTION II:
IMPEDIMENTS TO CONNECTION

Chapter Five: Two of Me: Mothers and Daughters in Connection Michelle Miller-Day Chapter Six: Mother Care/Daughter Care: The Bridge That Is My Back Rebecca Bryant Lockridge and Sarah Lockridge Chapter Seven: The 80hoo Generation: Rethinking Their Mother-Daughter Relationships During Childhood in China Xue Yongling with Mei Zhong Chapter Eight: Voices from the Andes: Jaqi Mothers and Daughters M. J. Hardman and Shumaya Martha Bautista Hardman

SECTION III:
CREATING AND MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS

Chapter Nine: On the Transition from Childhood to Womanhood: Constructing Coming of Age Rituals in U.S. American Culture Deborah S. Ballard-Reisch, Alyssa C. Ballard-Reisch, and Jackie Silviera-Sater

Chapter Ten: “Pecked to Death by Ducks”: Managing Dialectal Tensions in the Mother-Adolescent Daughter Relationship Barbara Penington Chapter Eleven: Negotiation of Attachment/Separation Tension in Relationships Between Mothers and Daughters Who Are Pursuing Careers in Academia Marjorie A. Jaasma, Frances Jeffries, and Keith Nainby Chapter Twelve: An Untold Story: Mothers’ and Daughters’ Connections through Food Miriam Meyers Chapter Thirteen: Constructing the Grandmother-Granddaughter Relationship through Communication: A Review of the Relevant Literature Lynn H. Turner

SECTION IV:
MOTHER-DAUGHTER CONNECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Chapter Fourteen: Mothers and Daughters in the Global Village Alice H. Deakins

Works Cited Author Biographies Index

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