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Jennifer Marchbank PhD.Jennifer Marchbank, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Health & Social Sciences, Coventry University, United Kingdom
AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO DEBATES ON MOTHERHOOD. Recognizing that mothering is a diverse experience done by both biological and social mothers, this collection focuses on biological mothers' complex experiences of living apart from their children, some by choice, others not. The chapters range across academic disciplines that include social policy, anthropology, and performing arts, to explore dominant discourses of motherhood in, primarily, Canada, Australia, the United States, and early modern Britain. One of the most valuable aspects of this book is the way the authors give voice to women's real experiences of unbecoming mothers, especially Aboriginal women (in Canada and Australia), young mothers in care, and African-American girls in kinship care, who are less frequently heard.