Transformative Motherhood: On Giving and Getting in a Consumer Culture

Transformative Motherhood: On Giving and Getting in a Consumer Culture

by Linda Layne, F. Mencken, Joseph Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814751555

ISBN-13: 9780814751558

Pub. Date: 08/01/1999

Publisher: New York University Press

Our consumer culture sets exacting standards rand norms for what constitutes an ideal child. The tough realities of life often create children and child-bearing and rearing circumstances that are outside the ideal. How do women whose experiences don't match the norm cope and adapt? How do they make sense of it to themselves and to the world?

In a rich series of

Overview

Our consumer culture sets exacting standards rand norms for what constitutes an ideal child. The tough realities of life often create children and child-bearing and rearing circumstances that are outside the ideal. How do women whose experiences don't match the norm cope and adapt? How do they make sense of it to themselves and to the world?

In a rich series of ethnographic case studies, Transformative Motherhood intimately conveys the experiences of women in the United States who, in each case, have reproductive encounters that do not match up to these cultural standards. From women who choose to become surrogate, foster, or adoptive mothers, to others who give birth to children with disabilities or who have had a pregnancy loss, all creatively meet the challenges posed by their particular mothering experiences. It is often the language of giving and getting, so prominent in a consumer culture, that these women use to make sense of their situation.

In the process, Transformative Motherhood redefines conventional understandings of motherhood, the mother/child relationship, and the role of biology and the law in determining what constitutes a family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814751558
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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