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Twenty-first Century Motherhood : Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency - Andrea O'Reilly

Twenty-first Century Motherhood

Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency

By: Andrea O'Reilly (Editor)

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For more than two decades, the study of motherhood has focused on three main categories: motherhood as institution, motherhood as experience, and motherhood as identity or subjectivity. While this work has been groundbreaking, it fails to account for motherhood in the twenty-first century, which has been transformed by increasing agency, along with immense social, scientific, and technological changes.

A pioneer of modern motherhood studies, Andrea O'Reilly explores motherhood's representation and practice today. Her book considers developments that were unimaginable even a decade ago-the Internet, interracial surrogacy, raising transchildren, male mothering, intensive mothering, queer parenting, species-altering applications of new biotechnologies, and mothering in the post-9/11 era. Her work pulls together a range of disciplines and diverse themes in motherhood studies, confronting the effects of globalization, HIV/AIDS, welfare reform, political mothers, third wave feminism, and the evolving motherhood movement. O'Reilly incorporates Chicana, African-American, Canadian, Muslim, queer, low-income, trans, and lesbian perspectives. Her writing invites dialogue and debate so that readers can engage with these issues while also learning from them.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Experiencep. 21
Chicana Mothering in the Twenty-first Century: Challenging Stereotypes and Transmitting Culturep. 23
Muslim Motherhood: Traditions in Changing Contextsp. 40
Mothering in Fear: How Living in an Insecure-Feeling World Affects Parentingp. 57
Mother-Talk: Conversations with Mothers of Female-to-Male Transgender Childrenp. 72
Queer Parenting in the New Millennium: Resisting Normalp. 90
Contemporary Mothering Practices in the Context of HIV and AIDS: A South African Casep. 105
Identityp. 119
Ambivalence of the Motherhood Experiencep. 121
Supermothers on Film: or, Maternal Melodrama in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 140
Juno or Just Another Girl? Young Breeders and a New Century of Racial Politics of Motherhoodp. 158
Taking Off the Maternal Lens: Engaging with Sara Ruddick on Men and Motheringp. 170
Reproducing Possibilities: Androgenesis and Mothering Human Identityp. 181
Policyp. 197
Mothers of the Global Welfare State: How Neoliberal Globalization Affects Working Mothers in Sweden and Canadap. 199
The Erosion of College Access for Low-Income Mothersp. 216
Academic Life Balance for Mothers: Pipeline or Pipe Dream?p. 234
Exclusive Breastfeeding and Work Policies in Eldoret, Kenyap. 247
Brown Bodies, White Eggs: The Politics of Cross-racial Gestational Surrogacyp. 261
What Will Become of Us? New Biotechnologies and the Need for Maternal Leadershipp. 276
Agencyp. 291
From "Choice" to Change: Rewriting the Script of Motherhood as Maternal Activismp. 293
The Mothers' Movement: The Challenges of Coalition Building in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 310
Political Labeling of Mothers: An Obstacle to Equality in Politicsp. 324
Racially Conscious Mothering in the "Colorblind" Century: Implications for African American Motherworkp. 338
It Takes a (Virtual) Village: Mothering on the Internetp. 352
Outlaw(ing) Motherhood: A Theory and Politic of Maternal Empowerment for the Twenty-first Centuryp. 366
Contributorsp. 381
Indexp. 387
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ISBN: 9780231149679
ISBN-10: 0231149670
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 13th August 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.8 x 23.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.57