2nd and 3rd year core modules/courses on Family Policy and Comparative Social Policy. Also Women's Studies - 2nd and 3rd year core component of social policy. Challenging Motherhood examines contemporary social and legal constructions of motherhood in the context of a more general discussion of the future of families in Western and British society. The text looks at the ways in which Motherhood has come to be scrutinised and challenged according to a particular set of Western ideals as to what motherhood could and should entail.
1. Theorising Mothers. 2. Sisters are Doing it for Themselves. 3. Dissident Mothers. 4. Mother Knows Best. 5. Fathers as 'Victims'. 6. Women's Stories of Lone Motherhood. 7. Beyond Conclusion. 8. Some Notes for the Future.