1st Edition

Intersections of Mothering Feminist Accounts

Edited By Carole Zufferey, Fiona Buchanan Copyright 2020
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

      PART II


    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

      PART III


    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


    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.