Drawing on qualitative interviews with forty middle-class mothers living in Northern Ireland and the US, this book explores the strategies women adopt, as they take on and creatively re-make motherhood in ways which allow them to cope.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Series:||Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
LISA SMYTH Lecturer in Sociology at Queen's University Belfast, UK, and has also been a visiting professor at San Diego State University's Department of Women's Studies, USA. She works on issues of gender, reproduction and social change. She has previously published Abortion and Nation.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
2 Modernity, Normativity and Recognition 11
3 Motherhood's Normativity 37
4 Authentic Motherhood: Expressive Individualism 56
5 Choosing Motherhood: Rational Planning 83
6 Balancing Acts: Maternal Pragmatism 115
7 Conclusion 147
Appendix 1 Participant Information 159