1st Edition

Media Work, Mothers and Motherhood Negotiating the International Audio-Visual Industry

Edited By Susan Liddy, Anne O'Brien Copyright 2021
    234 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary and international volume offers an innovative and critical exploration of the impact of motherhood on the engagement of women in media and creative industries across the globe. Diverse contributions critically engage with the intersections and overlap between the social categories of worker and mother, and the work of media production and maternal caregiving.

    Conflicting ideas about, and expectations of, mothers are untangled in the context of the working world of radio, film, television and creative media industries. The book teases out commonalities between experiences that are evident across a number of countries, from Hollywood to Bollywood, as well as examining the differences between class, religion, maternal status and cultural frameworks that surround working mothers in various nation states. It also offers some possibilities for ways forward that can improve the lives of women workers who are also mothers.

    A timely and valuable contribution to international debates on equality, mothers and motherhood in audiovisual industries, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of media, communication, cultural studies and gender, programmes engaged with work inequalities and motherhood studies, and activists, funders, policymakers and practitioners.

    Chapter 1: Motherhood and Media Work: an introduction

    Susan Liddy & Anne O’ Brien

    Part 1 Who Cares in Screen Production?

    Chapter 2: Inequality, Invisibility and Inflexibility: Mothers and Carers Navigating Careers in the Australian Screen Industry

    Sheree K. Gregory & Deb Verhoeven

    Chapter 3 Managing Wollstonecraft’s Dilemma: Matriarchs in the Nigerian Broadcast News Media and the Politics of Child Care

    Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle

    Chapter 4: Representing and Experiencing Motherhood - On and Off Screen in Swedish Film

    Maria Jansson & Louise Wallenberg

    Chapter 5: The Mother of a Famous Child: The Media Representation of Shirley Temple’s "Mother" in Hollywood, 1934-1940
    Tsz Lam Ngai

    Part 2 Intersectionality and Media Mothers

    Chapter 6: Negotiating motherhood in the Colombian Audio-Visual Industry: a matter of capital.

    Alejandra Castano-Echeverri & Andrés Correa-González

    Chapter 7: The Future of Muslim Women Behind-the-Scenes of the Malaysian TV Industry

    Nur Kareelawati Abd Karim

    Chapter 8: British television production and women without children: exclusionary practice in the turn to care

    Rowan Aust

    Part 3 Stigma, subjectivity and celebrity

    Chapter 9: The operation of maternal stigma in the UK creative and cultural industries

    Tamsyn Dent

    Chapter 10: Mothers’ subjective experiences of negotiating caring responsibilities with work in the Scottish film and television industries

    Susan Berridge

    Chapter 11: Bollywood Mothers: work life imbalance

    Viraj Suparsad

    Part 4 Solutions for better futures

    Chapter 12: The Gendered Practice of The TV Opt-Out

    Perelandra Beedles

    Chapter 13: Negotiating Motherhood: the search for solutions

    Susan Liddy & Anne O’ Brien


    Susan Liddy lectures in the Department of Media and Communication Studies in MIC, University of Limerick. Her recent work includes: Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers (ed.) (2020) and Women in the International Film Industry: Policy Practice and Power (ed.) (2020). She is Chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland, a board member of Women in Film and Television International, the Writers Guild of Ireland and Raising Films Ireland. She is founder and co-director of Catalyst International Film Festival, Limerick.

    Anne O’ Brien is Associate Professor with the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University. She has published on the representation of women in radio and television, on women workers in creative industries and examined why women leave careers in screen production. Her most recent book explores Women, Inequality and Media Work (2019).