Academic Mothers

Academic Mothers

by Venitha Pillay




Academic mothers are likely to be middle class, have access to some form of child care, live in a democracy and have legal rights and protections. Yet, as the book reveals, there are still freedoms that these women are unable to achieve.

Academic mothers are engaged in intellectual work that has traditionally been the domain of men. Thinking has been described by Western philosophers over the centuries as rational, unemotional and logical; the woman who is a mother is nurturing, loving, emotional and sensitive. This book explores how these perceived oppositional identities live within the same person. It argues that the intellectual, emotional and personal liberation of women and society is about far more than revised structural arrangements in the workplace: it demands reconceptualizing work, the self and family.

In telling the stories of three academic mothers in South Africa, the book breaks new methodological ground for qualitative researchers. It also contributes to feminist research methodologies by revealing the intimacy between methodological decisions and the ontology of the text.

Published in collaboration with UNISA.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781858564173
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Venitha Pillay is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and the mother of two young girls.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     1
White women speak; black women write     15
Finding rhyme and reason     29
Spanish dancing to duelling banjos     55
To question your self is to know your self     85
At home and in the world in a red sports car     113
Letting go and letting in     141
Epilogue: Academic mothers converse: reflexivities and reflections     159
References     187
Index     195

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