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Author McDonald-Harker, Caroline, 1978- author

Title Mothering in marginalized contexts : narratives of women who mother in and through domestic violence / Caroline McDonald-Harker
Published Toronto : Demeter Press, 2016
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Contents Cover; Half-title; Copyright; Title; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface: The Journey of Mothering in Marginalized Contexts; Introduction: The Dominant Ideology of Intensive Motherhood, the Discourse of the "Good Mother" and the "Bad Mother," and Mothering in the Context of Domestic Violence; 1. Mothering in the Social Context of Domestic Violence: What We Know and Don't Know; 2. Women's Narratives and Experiences of Mothering in Domestic Violence: From Their Voices; 3. Abused Women's Knowledge and Understandings of the Dominant Ideology and Discourse of Motherhood
4. Abused Women's Subjective Constructions of their Mothering Identities: The Influence of the Dominant Ideology of Intensive Motherhood and the Discourse of the "Good Mother" Versus "Bad Mother"5. Abused Women's Mothering Identities: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Social Class; Conclusion: Finding Empowerment through the Storms of Motherhood and Domestic Violence; Works Cited
Summary "This book provides a rare and in-depth examination of the narratives, experiences, and lived realities of abused mothers--a group of women who, despite being the victims, are often criticized, vilified, and stigmatized for failing to meet dominant ideologies of what a "good mother" is/should be, because they have lived and mothered in domestic abuse relationships. Based on a qualitative research study conducted with 29 abused mothers residing in abused women's shelters in Calgary, Alberta, this book highlights the ways that these mothers experience the dominant ideology of intensive mothering, negotiate the resulting discourses of the "good" and the "bad" mother, and ultimately find ways to exercise agency, resistance, and empowerment in and through their mothering. This book discusses how abused mothers engage in empowered mothering by constructing valued, fortified, and liberating identities for themselves as mothers in the face of an ideology of intensive mothering that delegitimizes and subjugates them. These mothers are not passive victims, but rather are active agents who resist and question the idealized standards of intensive mothering as being restrictive and unachievable; who view their mothering in a positive light even though they have lived and mothered in social milieus deemed outside the boundaries of acceptable mothering; and who uphold that they are indeed worthy mothers despite their stigmatized status. Particular attention is given to the ways that intersections of gender, race, and social class shape and influence abused mothers constructions of their mothering identities. This book calls into question the false notion that there is only one standard, one definition, and one social location in which effective mothering is performed. It is a voice against the judgment of mothers, a call to end the oppressive and restrictive bifurcation of mothers into categories of either "good" or "bad" mothers, and an attempt to re-envision a more inclusive understanding of mothering. This book is a movement towards the empowerment of all mothers, regardless of differences in their lives and social circumstances."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Family violence.
Mothers -- Abuse of.
Wife abuse.
Women -- Abuse of.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1772580538 (electronic bk.)
1772580554 (electronic bk.)
9781772580532 (electronic bk.)
9781772580556 (electronic bk.)