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Twenty-First Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency
A pioneer of modern motherhood studies, Andrea O'Reilly explores motherhood's current representation and practice, considering developments that were unimaginable decades ago: the Internet, interracial surrogacy, raising transchildren, male mothering, intensive mothering, queer parenting, the applications of new biotechnologies, and mothering in the post-9/11 era. Her work ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published August 13th 2010 by Columbia University Press
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O'Reilly, founder of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement and scholar who coined "motherhood studies," edits this collection of essays that exam 21st century motherhood from the perspective of experience, policy, identity and agency. The collection features interdisciplinary and international voices, deconstructing traditional or stereotypical views of motherhood in favor of more radical, politically progressive works. Sarah Ruddick's 1994 book, _Maternal Thinking_ fr ...more
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Essays examine maternity amid such 21st century realities as globalization, multiculturalism and queer parenting. As nontraditional moms redefine child-raising, “mothering” becomes what parents do rather than a biological function.