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Mother Outlaws : Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering - Andrea O'Reilly

Mother Outlaws

Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering

By: Andrea O'Reilly (Editor)

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Feminist scholars of motherhood distinguish between mothering and motherhood, and argue that the latter is a patriarchal institution that is oppressive to women. Few scholars, however, have considered how mothering, as a female defined and centred experience, may be a site of empowerment for women. This collection is the first to do so. Mother Outlaws examines how mothers imagine and implement theories and practices of mothering that are empowering to women. Central to this inquiry is the recognition that mothers and children benefit when the mother lives her life, and practices mothering, from a position of agency, authority, authenticity and autonomy.

Mother Outlaws makes an enormously important contribution to Women's Studies, a field that tends to neglect the topic of mothering or present it with such ambivalence that it is a wonder college men and women go on to have families. ... [The text provides] abundant evidence that there can be such a thing as empowerment mothering, thereby instilling optimism in today's young men and women." - Dr. Robbie Pfeufer Kahn, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Vermont

Feminist mothers: Successfully negotiating the tensions between motherhood as "institution" and "experience" Resistance as a site of empowerment: The journey away from maternal sacrifice; "We were conspirators, outlaws from the institution of motherhood": Mothering against Motherhood and the possibility of empowered maternity for mothers and their children; The (male) advantage of a feminist mother; Telling our stories: Feminist mothers and daughters; From perfect housewife to fishnet stockings and not quite back again: One mother's story of leaving home; Imag(in)ing the queer lesbian family; Our kids in the hall: Lesbian families negotiate the public school system; Lesbian mothers and the law of custody, access and child support; Lesbian non-biological mothering: Negotiating an (un)familiar existence; A politics of the heart: African American womanist thought on mothering; Black women' s mothering in a historical and contemporary perspective: Understanding the past, forging the future; Community mothering: The relationship between mothering and the community work of black women; "You'll become a lioness": African-American women talk about mothering; Reflections on the mutuality of mothering: Women, children and other mothering; Across the divide: Contemporary Anglo-American feminist theory on the mother-daughter relationship; The global self-esteem of an African-American adolescent female and her relationship with her mother; Don't blame mother: Then and now; Mother of mothers, daughter of daughters: Reflections on the motherline; A daughters' praise poem for her mother: Historicising community activism and racial uplift among South African women; In black and white: Anglo-American and African-American feminist perspectives on mothers and sons"; Bringing our boyz to men: Black men's reflections on their mothers' child rearing influences; Swimming against the tide: Feminists' accounts of mothering sons; Raising relational boys; A mum and her son: Thoughts on feminist mothering.

ISBN: 9780889614468
ISBN-10: 0889614466
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 441
Published: May 2004
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75