Motherhood in Contemporary International Perspective: Continuity and Change, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Motherhood in Contemporary International Perspective

Continuity and Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq


248 pages

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Divided into fifteen chapters, this book provides the reader with an insight into certain representations of mothers and motherhood in history and today’s societies in some areas of the world, notably in Asia.

Key facts about the history of motherhood are presented, together with the use of very recent notions and phrases portraying ‘good’ and ‘bad’ mothers. An analysis of the concepts of naming and blaming, along with regret with respect to mothers in twenty-first century societies, provides food for thought. Other issues addressed are varied and numerous: the politics of early intervention, feminist critique, mothers with disabilities and mothers of disabled children, incarcerared mothers, surrogate mothers, teenage mothers, lesbian mothers, and mothering in Eastern Asia, namely in China, Japan, and Korea. Interestingly, both visual arts and literature play a crucial role in this analysis.

The publication will appeal to students, academics, researchers, and the general public interested in and seeking to comprehend the shifts which have occurred over time in connection with the vast and inexhaustible subject of motherhood and mothers – a private and public matter. Readers are also provided with a rich reference section dealing with the latest publications on the issues tackled by prominent academics and researchers in human geography, women’s studies, sociology, gender studies, contemporary history, and the arts.

Table of Contents

1. Theorising Motherhood

Professor Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq, University of Tours, France

2. (M)othering and the Politics of Early Intervention: Biologisation and the Reproduction of Gendered, Classed and Raced Inequalities

Professor VaGillies, University of Westminster, UK

Professor Rosalind Edwards, University of Southampton, UK

3. A Mother’s Place is in the Home: Deconstructing Self-Interest and Altruism in Feminist Economics

Dr Coralie Raffenne – Université Paris Dauphine, France

Difficult Times for Mothers

4. Mother Figures Behind Bars: Pregnant Women and Mothers in Prisons in England and Wales

Dr Katherine Albertson, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Mary J Renfrew, University of Dundee,

Georgina Lessing-Turner, University of York

Catherine Burke, Sheffield Hallam University

5. Martyr, Miscreant, or A Modern Mama? Exploring the Archetypal and Realistic Images of Mothers of Children with Disabilities

Katherine E. Smith, Independent Scholar

6. South Asian Mothering in White Spaces

Dr Sana Rizvi, De Montfort University, Leicester

Unorthodox mothers

7. Motherhood and Mothering in Contemporary ‘‘IP Memoirs’’

Dr Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


8. Teenage Mothers in England; Resisting, or Silenced by the Regulatory Framework?

Dr Sarah Bekaert, Oxford Brookes University

Asian Mothering/Mothers

9. Motherhood Experiences of East Asian Women in Britain

Dr Hyun-Joo Lim, Bournemouth University

10. Chinese Motherhood in the UK

Dr Carmen Lau Clayton, Leeds Trinity University

Lesbian Mothers/Mothering

11. Lesbian Mothers and Citizens: The Morality Test at the US Supreme Court

Dr Anthony Castet, University of Tours, France

12. Lesbian Motherhood: From the Social Recognition of Female Homosexuality to the ‘Lesby-boom’: A Comparison Between Britain and France 

Professor Florence Binard, University Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, France

Representations of Mothers in Arts

13. Maternal Fantasies in an Era of Crisis – Single Mothers, Self-Sacrifice and Sexuality in Japanese Television Drama

Forum Mithani, (SOAS, University of London

14. Countering Allegorical Motherhood in Irish and Northern Irish Contemporary Art: The Female Body as a Tool for Resistance

Dr Valérie Morisson, University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France

15. Female ‘‘Transformational Energy’’ in Louise Erdrich's Works

Professor Élisabeth Bouzonviller, Université Jean Monnet, Saint Étienne, France

About the Editor

Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq is Professor of Contemporary British Studies at the University of Tours in France, and has done comparative research for the European Commission on families. Her research interests also span young, lone parenthood, domestic violence in Britain and France, in addition to qualitative studies. Her latest publication (2017) is Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting: European Contexts, Routledge.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General