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Motherhood and Space : Configurations of the Maternal through Politics, Home, and the Body - Caroline Wiedmer

Motherhood and Space

Configurations of the Maternal through Politics, Home, and the Body

By: Caroline Wiedmer (Editor), Sarah Hardy (Editor)

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Published: 10th January 2006
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This interdisciplinary collection explores the complex ways motherhood is experienced by studying the concrete and imaginary spaces mothers inhabit. The authors examine locations for birth, negotiations of domesticity, institutional framings of the mother's world, and maternal metaphors in art and popular culture. Using conceptions of space as a common lens, these essays articulate the interplay between motherhood as a cultural construction and motherhood as a lived experience. The collection as a whole reveals how the spaces of motherhood are varied, changing, and politically charged.

"These well crafted, insightful essays join together feminist revisions of mothering with conceptions of space as active, generative, and often political. With evident respect for nuance of thought and complexities of mothers' lives, Sarah Hardy and Caroline Wiedmer have created not only a fine book but a strikingly original refreshing new subject: The Spaces of Motherhood." - Sara Ruddick, author of Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace



"These insightful and thought provoking essays bring feminist theory, social geography, and discourse analysis together to provide significant new understandings of feminine and maternal subjectivities. On the basis of their complex and thorough analyses of material and discursive spaces and structures, these essays illuminate maternal experiences and meanings of mothering as well as the variety of ways in which human experiences can be situated in space and time. They make a very important contribution to the literature on motherhood." - Patrice DiQuinzio, Muhlenberg College, author of The Impossibility of

Motherhood: Feminism, Individualism, and the Problem of Mothering

List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Spaces of Motherhoodp. 1
Motherhood and Spaces of Civic Culture
MotherSpace: Disciplining through the Material and Discursivep. 15
"Magdalene versus the Nation": Ireland as a Space of Compulsory Motherhood in Edna O'Brien's Down by the Riverp. 35
An Office of One's Own: Stories of Power, Space, and Motherhood in the Swiss Academyp. 55
The Maternity Hospital: Blueprint for Redesigning Childbirthp. 73
The Birthplacep. 87
Closer to Home: The Domestic in the Discourses of Upper-Middle-Class Pregnancyp. 105
Motherhood and Spaces of Home
House and Home: Feminist Variations on a Themep. 115
Black Women and Motherhoodp. 149
Integrating Home and Wage Workplace: Women's Daily Lives in a Canadian Suburbp. 161
Locating Lesbian Parent Familiesp. 185
Like a Mother: Paid "Mother-work" Performed in Private Spacesp. 203
"You just have to make a conscious effort to keep snapping away I think": A Case Study of Family Photos, Mothering, and Familial Spacep. 221
Motherhood and Spaces of Embodiment
Uneasy Spaces: The Domestic Uncanny in Contemporary Installation Artp. 243
Winnicott's Maternal Aesthetic: Absorption and Beholding in Potential Spacep. 261
Pregnant Bodies as Public Spacesp. 283
Breeding Ambiguity: The Womb as Alien Space in the X-Filesp. 307
Notes on Contributorsp. 323
Permissionsp. 327
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9781403967855
ISBN-10: 1403967857
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 335
Published: 10th January 2006
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1