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Mothering Rhetorics

1st Edition

Edited by Lynn O'Brien Hallstein


132 pages

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Hardback: 9781138600454
pub: 2018-08-29

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Once only a topic among women in the private sphere, motherhood and mothering have become important intellectual topics across academic disciplines. Even so, no book has yet devoted a sustained look at how exploring mothering rhetorics – the rhetorics of reproduction (rhetorics about the reproductive function of women/mothers) and reproducing rhetorics (the rhetorical reproduction of ideological systems and logics of contemporary culture) expand our understanding of mothering, motherhood, communication, and gender.

Mothering Rhetorics begins to fill this gap for scholars and teachers interested in the study of mothering rhetorics in their historical and contemporary permutations. The contributions explore the racialized rhetorical contexts of maternity; how fixing food is thought to fix families, while also regulating maternal activities and identity; how Black female breastfeeding activists resisted the exploitation of African-American mothers in Detroit; how women in pink-collar occupations both adhere to and challenge maternity leave discourses by rhetorically positioning their leaves as time off and (dis)ability; identifying verbal and nonverbal shaming practices related to unwed motherhood during the mid-twentieth century; and redefining alternative postpartum placenta practices.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s Studies in Communication.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mothering Rhetorics Lynn O’Brien Hallstein

1. Michelle Obama, Mom-in-Chief: The Racialized Rhetorical Contexts of Maternity Sara Hayden

2. Fixing Food to Fix Families: Feeding Risk Discourse and the Family Meal Amber E. Kinser

3. #SpoiledMilk: Blacktavists, Visibility, and the Exploitation of the Black Breast Megan Elizabeth Morrissey and Karen Y. Kimball

4. Standpoints of Maternity Leave: Discourses of Temporality and Ability Patrice M. Buzzanell, Robyn V. Remke, Rebecca Meisenbach, Meina Liu, Venessa Bowers and Cindy Conn

5. Rhetorics of Unwed Motherhood and Shame Heather Brook Adams

6. Empowering Disgust: Redefining Alternative Postpartum Placenta Practices Elizabeth Dickinson, Karen Foss and Charlotte Kroløkke

About the Editor

Lynn O’Brien Hallstein is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric in the College of General Studies and an Affiliated Faculty of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University, USA. She is the author or editor of four books, multiple book chapters, and has been published in a variety of feminist and communication journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies