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Studies in the Maternal
222 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • Maria Collier de Mendonça and Patrícia Fonseca Fanaya speak to Jacqueline Pitanguy and Iáris Cortês

    Maria Collier de Mendonça; Patrícia Fonseca Fanaya; Jacqueline Pitanguy; Iáris Cortês (2013)
    This ‘in conversation’ aims at exploring some voices reflecting recent decades of feminism in Brazil and how women’s rights activism has been experienced in this context. For this purpose, we have interviewed two Brazilian women whose careers have contributed extensively to the Brazilian feminist movement. The two interviewees, Jacqueline Pitanguy and Iáris Cortês, belong to a privileged class in terms of education and socioeconomic brackets in Brazil. They both have held powerful positions a...

    Poverty Vs Parenting: an emergent dichotomy

    Dermott, Esther (2012)
    Popular and political discussions in the UK about children’s future prospects are currently dominated by an emergent dichotomy in which either ‘poverty’ or ‘parenting’ is posited as the explanatory factor. In the current period of austerity this oppositional framing has become increasingly explicit: in response to the riots which took place across England in August 2011 one set of commentators focused on a lack of personal responsibility with its origins in the absences of appropriate parenta...

    Thinking Intergenerationally about Motherhood

    Thomson, Rachel (2009)
    This paper draws on The Making of Modern Motherhoods study, which explores how a contemporary generation of women are creating motherhood, and how intergenerational dynamics of mother daughter relationships can provide insight into the interplay of historical, biographical and generational processes. The study combines an intergeneration and longtitudinal research design, building 12 case studies from an initial interview sample of 62 expectant first time mothers. The paper begins with a revi...

    Getting THINGS Right: Mothers and Material Culture

    Miller, Daniel (2011)
    This paper is concerned with the role of material culture in understanding the experience of being a mother. It introduces the study of material culture as taught under the auspices of anthropology. The concept of objectification as the reduction of persons to things is contrasted with the use of the term to consider the role of objects in making persons. There are three case studies, the first based on an ethnography of Slovakian au pairs, the second on how mothers come to terms with the gro...
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