Australian Mothering

Historical and Sociological Perspectives

Editors: Pascoe Leahy, Carla, Bueskens, Petra (Eds.)

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  • Foregrounds the experiences, emotions and perspectives of mothers in order to better understand how Australian motherhood has developed historically and contemporaneously
  • Utilises a feminist perspective to understand motherhood while not limiting the analysis to an assumption that mothers must be freed of motherhood
  • Breaks new ground in moving the debate past outdated assumptions that motherhood is incompatible with career ambition, self-fulfilment and feminism
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This collection defines the field of maternal studies in Australia for the first time. Leading motherhood researchers explore how mothering has evolved across Australian history as well as the joys and challenges of being a mother today. The contributors cover pregnancy, birth, relationships, childcare, domestic violence, time use, work, welfare, policy and psychology, from a diverse range of maternal perspectives. Utilising a matricentric feminist framework, Australian Mothering foregrounds the experiences, emotions and perspectives of mothers to better understand how Australian motherhood has developed historically and contemporaneously. Drawing upon their combined sociological and historical expertise, Bueskens and Pascoe Leahy have carefully curated a collection that presents compelling research on past and present perspectives on maternity in Australia, which will be relevant to researchers, advocates and policy makers interested in the changing role of mothers in Australian society.

About the authors

Petra Bueskens is an Honorary Fellow in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, a psychotherapist in private practice, and a freelance columnist at New Matilda.
Carla Pascoe Leahy is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia and an Honorary Associate at Museums Victoria.

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“An incisive and compelling study of Australian motherhood that discerningly examines it’s trajectories from Federation to contemporary times and perceptively explores its many permutations across diverse themes and perspectives. The collection meticulously takes up and engages with the key theories and topics in motherhood studies and astutely employs them to curate a rich compendium of Australian motherhood. The volume will guide Australian Motherhood Studies for years to come.” —Andrea O’Reilly, York University, Canada

"A wonderfully rich and important collection of scholarly perspectives on the experiences and meanings of motherhood in the Australian context. Petra Bueskens and Carla Pascoe Leahy have significantly broadened the field of maternal studies, insisting that ’the maternal’ is a political, historical and social term, one that tells us as much about colonial and domestic violence, fatherhood, migration, citizenship and the state, as it does about motherhood, care, and the female body. Essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of motherhood." —Lisa Baraitser, Birkbeck, University of London, UK


Table of contents (22 chapters)

Table of contents (22 chapters)
  • Contextualising Australian Mothering and Motherhood

    Pages 3-20

    Pascoe Leahy, Carla (et al.)

  • Defining Maternal Studies in Australia: The Birth of a Field

    Pages 21-65

    Bueskens, Petra (et al.)

  • State Socialism for Australian Mothers: Andrew Fisher’s Radical Maternalism in Its International and Local Contexts

    Pages 69-93

    Lake, Marilyn

  • Mothering Reshaped: Fertility Decline, ‘the Selfishness of Women’ and the Smaller Family

    Pages 95-110

    Mackinnon, Alison

  • Imagined, Intended, Forsaken: The Status of the Mother in a Century of Australian Adoption Advertisements

    Pages 111-126

    Swain, Shurlee

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Australian Mothering
Book Subtitle
Historical and Sociological Perspectives
Editors
  • Carla Pascoe Leahy
  • Petra Bueskens
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20267-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20267-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20266-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 498
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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