Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence
In a society where becoming a mother is naturalized, few mothers are more stigmatized than those who are perceived as having given up, surrendered, or abandoned their birth children. The anthology, Unbecoming Mothers explores the social construction of maternal absence. In particular the work examines how gender, race, class, and other factors affect the ways women negotiate their lives apart from their children and how they attempt to recreate their identities and family structures. Social workers, policymakers, and historians are some of the contributors to the book. The book examines five assumptions about maternal absence and the families that emerge from that absence: the focus on parenting as highly gendered caring work done by women the idea that women share the same experience of unbecoming mothers and share the same circumstances and background the perception of maternal absence as a recent phenomenon the notion that women who want to manage their mother-work will make choices to overcome lifes obstacles the Western concept of womanhood being achieved through motherhood and the unrealistic ideal of the good mother Unbecoming Mothers is a resource for academics working in womens studies, psychology, sociology, history, and any health-related fields, and for policymakers, social workers, and other community workers.
30 Nov -0001
Community Health and Humanities
Family, Seniors & Youth
Strategic Research Theme