Narratives of motherhood : voices of selected South African Women.

Show simple item record Van Doorene, Sharon 2009-09-02T09:54:09Z 2009-09-02T09:54:09Z 2009-09-02T09:54:09Z
dc.description.abstract The study explored whether South African mothers subscribed to the Western ideology of intensive motherhood and how this ideology was altered or resisted. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten working South African mothers with a child under the age of ten. Thematic content analysis revealed that motherhood was largely regarded as synonymous with womanhood, where the inherent and biological ability to bear children rendered the mother responsible for intensive efforts in child-raising. As a result, motherhood was a gendered practice situated within a powerful and normative ideology of inequality. These themes were discussed in the racially stratified and gendered context of South Africa from a feminist perspective. The research concluded with a recommendation that alternative motherhood ideologies, more representative of the diverse contexts and experiences of mothers, are explored. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Motherhood en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title Narratives of motherhood : voices of selected South African Women. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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