This chapter documents the whirlwind of online activity around motherhood. It analyzes the extent to which the so-called new mothers’ movement points to a reconfigured maternalism or reproduces the problems associated with the maternalism of the past. It also raises questions about maternalist impulses in popular culture as a form of resistance to postmaternal thinking. It continues by returning to Sara Ruddick’s thoughtful contemplation of the epistemological connections between maternal thinking and peace often overlooked in later commentary on Ruddick’s work. It discusses forms of contemporary peace activism in the US to highlight the continuing relevance of Ruddick’s formulations. It considers Arlie Russell Hochschild’s discussion of the troubled relationship between market and nonmarket life, particularly in shifting emotions around ideas of work, home, dependency, and care. The chapter concludes with a call for a different kind of feminist maternalist politics.
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