Marginalised Mothers

Exploring Working Class Experiences of Parenting

By Val Gillies

© 2007 – Routledge

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About the Book

Successive moral panics have cast poor or socially excluded mothers - associated with social problems as diverse as crime, underachievement, unemployment and mental illness - as bad mothers. Their mothering practices are held up as the antithesis of good parenting and are associated with poor outcomes for children.

Marginalised Mothers provides a detailed and much-needed insight into the lived experience of mothers who are frequently the focus of public concern and intervention, yet all too often have their voices and experiences overlooked. The book explores how they make sense of their lives with their children and families, position themselves within a context of inequality and vulnerability, and resist, subvert and survive material and social marginalisation.

This controversial text uses qualitative data from a selection of working class mothers to highlight the opportunities and choices they face and to expose the middle class assumptions that ground much contemporary family policy. It will be of interest to students and researchers in sociology, social work and social policy, as well as social workers and policymakers.

Table of Contents

1. Marginalised Mothers: Representations and Research 2. Re-Framing Class: Exploring the Dimensions of Disadvantage 3. Mothering and Material Struggle 4. Class, Subjectivity and Motherhood 5. Challenging from the Margins: Managing Institutional Frameworks 6. Working Class Mothering: Strengths and Values 7. Situating Understandings of Mothering: Issues and Implications

About the Author

Val Gillies is a Senior Research Fellow in the Families and Social Capital Group at London South Bank University.

About the Series

Relationships and Resources

A key contemporary political and intellectual issue is the link between the relationships that people have and the resources to which they have access.  When people share a sense of identity, hold similar values, trust each other and reciprocally do things for each other, this has an impact on the social, political and economic cohesion of the society in which they live.  So, are changes in contemporary society leading to deterioration in the link between relationships and resources, or new and innovative forms of linking, or merely the reproduction of enduring inequalities? Consideration of relationships and resources raises key theoretical and empirical issues around change and continuity over time as well as time use, the consequences of globalisation and individualisation for intimate and broader social relations, and location and space in terms of communities and neighbourhoods.  The books in this series are concerned with elaborating these issues and form a body of work that will contribute to academic and political debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL029000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOC026010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOC050000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes