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Twenty-First Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency

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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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Cara Byrne
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2011 marked it as to-read
Actually want to read "The 21st century motherhood movement - mothers speak out on why we need to change the world and how to do it", especially essay " middle-class mothers as activists for change: the australian breastfeeding association"
Ms. Online
Jul 28, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This is too academic for me to read right now. It's fierce and will be a great read. But this summer, I need books that are at least one notch less brainy. So far so great!!
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