This is a collection of essays on the spatial dimensions of motherhood. Engaging both theoretical and empirical perspectives, contributors describe the intersection of space and gender across a variety of contexts with both familiar and unexpected territories explored.
"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