The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right / Edition 1

The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right / Edition 1

by Alexis Jetter
     
 

ISBN-10: 087451780X

ISBN-13: 9780874517804

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

Perhaps the most deeply rooted stereotype of motherhood, editor Annelise Orleck writes, is "the notion that mothers are by definition apolitical, isolated with their children in a world of pure emotion, far removed from the welter of politics and social struggle." This collection of essays, interviews, and personal narratives challenges the image of a mutually

Overview

Perhaps the most deeply rooted stereotype of motherhood, editor Annelise Orleck writes, is "the notion that mothers are by definition apolitical, isolated with their children in a world of pure emotion, far removed from the welter of politics and social struggle." This collection of essays, interviews, and personal narratives challenges the image of a mutually absorbed madonna and child and explodes the myth that bearing and raising children alters a woman's consciousness in some fundamentally conservative way, silencing her voice and disarming her rebellion.

Instead, these contributors demonstrate that motherhood often redefines and revitalizes a woman's political consciousness. From Love Canal to the Kenyan countryside, from a public housing project in Las Vegas to a plaza in Buenos Aires, from a Minnesota Indian reservation to the Gaza Strip, the radicalizing events differ but the effects are the same. While most mothers from disparate classes, races, nationalities, cultures, and political ideologies mobilize to protect their children from toxic waste, war, racism, or political persecution, some such as KKK mothers fight to maintain hateful stereotypes that put others at risk. By examining the characteristics, effects, contradictions, and prices of "motherist" politics, we can begin to understand the forces that bring these women out from behind their curtains.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874517804
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Environmental Activism Subsistence Struggles Mothers' Resistance Against the State Nationalist Motherhood Redefining Motherhood: Technologies and Sexualities Reflections on Feminism and Motherhood

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