9780306465239

Mature Unwed Mothers: Narratives of Moral Resistance

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306465239

  • ISBN10:

    030646523X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-12-01
  • Publisher: SPRINGER

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Summary

This book describes the moral decision-making process toward unwed motherhood based on a fifteen-year longitudinal study of fifty Israeli single women aged 30 and over, each of whom decided to have a child on her own following a short- or long-term relationship with a male partner. The author views these women as conscious resisters to the societal script of marriage-reproduction-motherhood and documents their narratives of moral subjectivity.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction---Motherhood as a New War Zone 1(3)
Moral Psychology in War 4(7)
Motherhood as a Moral Position
11(12)
The ``Separate'' Moral Position
12(2)
``Separate'' Moral Resistance in War
14(1)
``Separate'' Moral Resistance in the Family
15(1)
The ``Connected'' Moral Position
16(1)
``Connected'' Moral Resistance in War
17(2)
``Connected'' Moral Resistance in the Family
19(4)
Motherhood as a Wish
23(18)
The Wish for a Child
25(4)
Age 30---A Cut-off Point?
29(4)
``Thirty-Nothing''?
33(2)
The Decision to Have a Child
35(6)
Motherhood as a Decision---1983
41(24)
The Origin of the Idea of Out of Wedlock Childbearing
44(2)
Past Abortions
46(1)
Type of Pregnancy
47(1)
Expectations Regarding the Child's Gender
48(1)
Reasons for Planning and Keeping the Pregnancy
48(2)
Coping with the Consequences of the Action
50(1)
Childbearing and Self-Satisfaction
51(1)
The Experience of the Father
52(2)
Present Dilemmas and Future Orientation
54(4)
The Economic Dilemma
58(7)
Motherhood as an Experience---1990
65(26)
Miri, 43, a Teacher, Mother of a 13-Year-Old Son
65(5)
Roni, 44, an Artist, Mother of a 14-Year-Old Son
70(5)
Shimrit, 50, a Clerk, Mother of a 13-Year-Old Son
75(5)
Tina, 50, a Retired Army Officer, Mother of a Nine-Year-Old Son
80(3)
Nurit (1990) 50, Elementary School Teacher, Mother of a Seven-Year-Old Son
83(8)
Motherhood as Development---1997
91(18)
Ayelet (1983) 37, Mother of a 3-Year-Old Daughter
91(4)
Ayelet (1990)
95(7)
Ayelet (1997)
102(7)
Motherhood as Narrative of Moral Resistance
109(20)
Women's Narrative of Resistance
116(1)
Geography of the Possible?
116(2)
Redefining ``Otherness''?
118(1)
Liberation from the Other's Discourse
119(2)
Ways of Facing Conflicts?
121(1)
A Practice of Preservative Love?
122(1)
Ways of Living with Others?
122(2)
Mature Unwed Motherhood as a Missing Text in Therapy
124(5)
Language
125(1)
Reality
125(1)
Self
126(1)
Truth
126(1)
Knowledge
127(1)
Power
127(2)
Conclusion
129(20)
Motherhood as a Moral Position
129(7)
Moral Psychology and Resistance Reconsidered
136(13)
References 149

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