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Author Gustafson, Diana
Title Unbecoming Mothers : The Social Production of Maternal Absence
Imprint Binghamton : Taylor & Francis Group, 2005
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Note Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- About the Editor -- Contributors -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter 1. Framing the Discussion -- PART I: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT -- Chapter 2. The Social Construction of Maternal Absence -- The Good Mother/Bad Mother Binary -- The Binary of Becoming/Unbecoming Mothers -- Examining Acts of Resistance -- Concluding Thoughts -- Chapter 3. Abject Mothers: Women Separated from Their Babies Lost to Adoption -- Adoption and Relinquishment -- Reading Kristeva -- Adoption As Abjection: The Unnameable, the Unspeakable -- Reflecting on Abjection -- Chapter 4. Clarifying Choice: Identity, Trauma, and Motherhood -- Clarifying Choice: Cynthia's Story -- Reflections on Identity, Motherhood, and Trauma -- Chapter 5. Sandy's Story: Re-Storying the Self -- Gentle Even WIth Garbage -- Sandy's Seminar Presentation -- Finding a Voice: Giving Life to Her Story, and a Story to Her Life -- Reflections on the Re-Storying Process -- PART II: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN -- Chapter 6. "Forsaking Their Children": Distance, Community, and Unbecoming Quaker Mothers, 1650-1700 -- Early Modern Motherhood -- The Paradox of Quaker Motherhood -- The Paradox Resolved: Quaker Woman As Communal Mother -- Conclusion -- Chapter 7. Unnatural Mothers: Lone Mothers and the Practice of Child Rescue, 1901-1930 -- Chapter 8. Missing Mothers in a Mother-Centered World: Adolescent Girls Growing Up in Kinship Care -- Missing Mothers -- The Adolescent Code of Silence -- Mothers Who Are Missed -- Naturalizing Social Policy -- Conclusion -- Chapter 9. Looking Promising: Contradictions and Challenges for Young Mothers in Care -- The Research Methodology -- The Findings: Looking Promising -- Looking Promising: What Young Women Thought
Looking Promising: What Social Workers Thought -- Looking Promising: A Beginging Theory -- Maintaining the Cycle: Policy Observation -- Contradications and Obstacles in Breaking the Cycle -- PART III: COMBINING SITUATED KNOWLEDGES OF MATERNAL ABSENCE -- Chapter 10. Leaving to Grow/ Inspiration to Grow/ Leaving Inspiration -- Prologue -- Leaving Inspiration: The Act of Being Contained by the Expections of Mothering -- Inspiration to Grow: The Act of Using Dance-Making As a Tool for Sharing -- Leaving to Grow: The Act of Differentiating Mothering from Being a Mother -- Epilogue -- Chapter 11. Perspectives of Substance-Using Women and Human Service Practitioners: Reflections from the Margins -- Research Process -- Findings -- Discussion: Directions from Women and Human Service Practitioners -- Index
Learn the “who,” “what,” and “why” of unbecoming a mother In a society where becoming a mother is naturalized, “unbecoming” a mother—the process of coming to live apart from biological children—is regarded as unnatural, improper, or even contemptible. Few mothers are more stigmatized than those who are perceived as having given up, surrendered, or abandoned their birth children. Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence examines this phenomenon within the social and historical context of parenting in Canada, Australia, Britain, and the United States, with critical observations from social workers, policymakers, and historians. This unique book offers insights from the perspectives of children on the outside looking in and the lived experiences of women on the inside looking out. Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence explores how gender, race, class, and other social agents affect the ways women negotiate their lives apart from their children and how they attempt to recreate their identities and family structures. An interdisciplinary, international collection of academics, community workers, and mothers draws upon sources as diverse as archival records, a therapist's interview, a dance script, and the class presentation of a student to offer refreshing insights on maternal absence that are innovative, accessible, and inspiring. Unbecoming Mothers examines five assumptions about maternal absence and the families that emerge from that absence: the focus on parenting as highly gendered caring work done by women the idea that women share the same experience of unbecoming mothers and share the same circumstances and background the perception of maternal absence as a recent phenomenon the notion that women who want to manage their mother-work will make choices to overcome life's obstacles the Western concept
of womanhood being achieved through motherhood and the unrealistic ideal of the “good mother” Unbecoming Mothers: The Social Production of Maternal Absence is a rich, multidisciplinary resource for academics working in women's studies, psychology, sociology, history, and any health-related fields, and for policymakers, social workers, and other community workers
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Gustafson, Diana Unbecoming Mothers : The Social Production of Maternal Absence Binghamton : Taylor & Francis Group,c2005 9780789024527
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