Introduction: Theorising and representing maternal 'realities'

Marie Porter, Julie-Anne Kelso

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Abstract

Maternal research is a rapidly expanding, multi-disciplinary form of scholarship. Prior to second wave feminism most motherhood literature was written from a male perspective. This literature focused on telling mothers how to practice mothering without acknowledging the expertise of the mothers themselves. Research on motherhood as it is experienced in all its facets by mothers has only emerged in recent decades. This book is aimed at expanding academic knowledge of motherhood, from a feminist perspective, looking particularly at how maternal subjectivities can be represented and theorised. When mothers themselves (academic or not) are responsible for theorisation and representation of maternal realities, dominant theories and representations of motherhood are radically challenged. In Theorising and Representing Maternal Realities the contributors argue that it is no longer acceptable to regard mothers as mere objects of knowledge and research. They are primarily the subjects of knowledge and research. Introduction pages in roman numerals- pg X to XXI
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheorising and representing maternal realities
EditorsM. Porter, J. Kelso
Place of PublicationNewcastle, UK
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Pages10-21
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781847184566
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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