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Intersections of Mothering
Feminist Accounts

ISBN 9781032082967
Published August 2, 2021 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents new interdisciplinary and intersectional research about women as mothers, highlighting that alternative accounts of mothering can challenge normative societal assumptions and broaden understandings of women as mothers, mothering and motherhoods.

Mothering occurs within unequal power relations associated with the disadvantages and privileges of an unjust and patriarchal society. Social inequalities associated with gender, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, violence and nationalism intersect in the lives of women as mothers, to shape their lived experiences and perspectives on mothering. Showcasing the breadth and depth of feminist research on mothering, this book gives attention to the diversity of ways in which mothering is constructed and responded to as well as how mothering is experienced. Drawing on intersectional feminist thought, the book challenges normative visions of ‘good mothering’ and interrogates constructs of ‘bad mothering’. It brings together insights from multidisciplinary scholars who use feminist approaches in their research on mothering, to inform policy development and practice when working with women as mothers in diverse circumstances. Intersections of Mothering highlights the complexities of mothering in a contemporary world, show the benefits of considering mothering through an intersectional feminist lens, make visible lived experiences of mothers and provides challenges to dominant imaginings of and service responses to women as mothers.

Intersections of Mothering will be essential reading for interdisciplinary scholars and students in criminology, gender and women’s studies, motherhood studies, social welfare, social work, social policy and public health policy, in addition to practitioners and policy workers that respond to women as mothers.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

  1. Introduction: theorising intersectional feminism and mothering
  2. Carole Zufferey and Fiona Buchanan

    PART I


  3. Out of bounds’: maternal regret and the reframing of normative motherhood
  4. Andrea O’Reilly

  5. ‘Failed’ mothers, ‘failed’ womxn: demarcating normative mothering
  6. Catriona Ida MacLeod, Tracey Feltham-King, Jabulile Mary-Jane Jace Mavuso and Tracy Morison

  7. ‘Woman’ and (un)partnered mother
  8. Amy Andrada

  9. Childcare as a public and common good: a Canadian perspective
  10. Maki Motapanyane, with Adian McFarlane



  11. Life’s a Mardi Gras: lesbian parenting in the context of ‘equality': '...we still have so far to go for full acceptance'
  12. Margot Rawsthorne

  13. All in the same boat? Migration and motherhood online
  14. Leah Williams Veazey

  15. Aboriginal mothering in the Australian context
  16. Amy Parkes and Carole Zufferey

  17. Mothering without a home
  18. Carole Zufferey

  19. Too little, too late: mothers, children and parental terminations
  20. Deseriee A. Kennedy



  21. Raising children born of war in Bosnia: reframing perspectives on mother love through a mother-daughter case study
  22. Tatjana Takševa

  23. Current mothering discourses and domestic violence: a double whammy
  24. Fiona Buchanan

  25. ‘We never quite measure up, do we?’: an intersectional approach to mothering, mental health and social inequality
  26. Nicole Moulding

  27. ‘Just another side of the coin’: support for women as mothers in the context of domestic violence
  28. Simon Lapierre

  29. Shifting practice in domestic violence: child protection workers partnering with mothers
  30. Cathy Humphreys, Margaret Kertesz, Lucy Healey and David Mandel

  31. Conclusion: beyond the intersections of mothering

Carole Zufferey and Fiona Buchanan

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Carole Zufferey is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia. She has published two previous books on homelessness with Routledge: Homelessness and Social Work: An Intersectional Approach (Zufferey, 2017) and Faces of Homelessness in the Asia Pacific (Zufferey & Yu (eds), 2018), as well as The Sexual Politics of Gendered Violence and Women’s Citizenship (Franzway, Wendt, Moulding, Zufferey & Chung, Policy Press, 2019).

Fiona Buchanan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia. She has published widely in international journals and authored four book chapters. Her book Mothering in Domestic Violence: Beyond Attachment Theory was published by Routledge in 2017.