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Confronting Postmaternal Thinking: Feminism, Memory, and Care

Julie Stephens


This book confronts the core claims of postmaternal thought and criticizes dominant representations of feminism as having forgotten motherhood. It does this through an investigation of oral histories, life narratives, web blogs, and other rich and varied sources. The book highlights the deep cultural anxiety that exists around public expressions of maternalism. It examines why postmaternal thinking has become so influential in recent decades and asks why there has been a growing unease with maternal forms of subjectivity and maternalist perspectives. In moving beyond policy definitions, which ... More

Keywords: postmaternal thought, maternalism, postmaternalism, social unmothering, feminism, motherhood, feminist maternalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231149211
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231149211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Stephens, author
Victoria University

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