Raith, Lisa and Rogers-Clark, Cath (2007) Becoming a mum: conflict between the ideal mother and the self. In: 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... theTriple Layers of a Woman's Life, 26-29 Sep 2007, Toowoomba, Australia.
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This paper explores the dominant narratives present in in-depth ante- and post- natal interviews with 10 first time mothers from south-east Queensland. Using a feminist post-structuralist paradigm, the idealised conceptions of motherhood adopted by these women are juxtaposed against their desires to maintain and regain an identity separate to their mothering one. Beliefs about what constitutes 'work' are also explored. These findings resonate with the tension between second-wave feminism’s view of the institution of motherhood as a primary means of women’s oppression, and later studies which attempted to validate women’s experiences and work. Furthermore, these mothers’ beliefs suggest that they are grappling with the integration of the often contradictory aspects of mothering into a workable whole. In some ways, repeating many of the struggles their own mothers faced. This hypothesis, along with current societal concerns with delayed mothering, picketfence families, and a return to paid work for mothers of school-aged children, suggest that the influences upon mothers, to be all things to all people remains.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||motherhood; mothering; women in the workplace; stay at home mothers|
|Depositing User:||epEditor USQ|
|Date Deposited:||04 Sep 2011 04:56|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 00:45|
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