What Is Maternal Studies

Tracey Reynolds
2009 Studies in the Maternal  
Maternal studies seek to critically investigate, and provide a theoretical framework to, the variety of perspectives on mothering. Pivotal to this study is the belief that mothering is a set of socially constructed activities and relationships which are positioned and contextualised within social, historical and cultural frameworks. Notions of mothering and gender are also closely intertwined and the work of successive feminist scholars across diverse societies have been to utilise gender as an
more » ... tilise gender as an analytic concept in questioning and documenting how mothering is continually constituted, contested and reproduced within family and domestic relationships, as well as in social interactions and identity. In my
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