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Talking of mothers.

Baraitser, Lisa and Tyler, Imogen (2010) Talking of mothers. Soundings, 44 (1). pp. 117-127.

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Abstract

The last three decades have witnessed the return of maternity as a central subject of discussion on our wider thinking. The effects of this proliferation of coverage are discussed, including the rise of maternal studies within the academy. Julia Kristeva's essay 'Motherhood Today' and Naomi Wolf's Misconceptions are analysed, which each identify motherhood as centrally involving an ethical gesture towards another. Motherhood is also described in its daily, messy, bodily practice of engagement. Alternative renditions of maternal experience are offered in order to illustrate the need for ways of dislodging 'mother-talk' from the twin poles of idealisation and denigration. 'Thinking maternally' also has a potentially interesting effect on the way we think about wider issues, including economics, value, labour and the environment.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Soundings
Uncontrolled Keywords: MATERNAL STUDIES ; MOTHERHOOD ; JULIA KRISTEVA ; NAOMI WOLF ; MICHELLE OBAMA
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 33500
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 May 2010 16:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33500

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