The Demands of Motherhood: Agents, Roles and Recognition

The Demands of Motherhood: Agents, Roles and Recognition

by L. Smyth


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230579309
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 04/11/2012
Series: Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 178
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

Acknowledgements viii

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

Notes 155

Appendix 1 Participant Information 159

References 165

Index 174

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