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Motherhood or otherwise is a key issue in terms of women's identity and it is important to consider motherhood and non-motherhood as a difference in women's lives alsongside differences such as age, sexuality, ethnicity, class and so on. Hierarchies of motherhood - notions of who should mother, when and in what social and economic circumstances - affect non-mothers as well as mothers and continuums of mothehood and non-motherhood overlap. Gayle Letherby explores the complexities that all of this implies and entails.
GAYLE LETHERBY is Associate Head of Subject and Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Justice, Coventry University, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction Mothers and Others: An Historical, Cultural and Theological View of Non-Mothers and Mothers Motherhood Matters: Non-Mothers and Mothers in Education, Social Science and Feminism Madonnas and Misfits: Hierarchies of Motherhood and Mothering Foreign Holidays and Stair Carpets: Voluntary Childlessness and Non-Motherhood Desperate Identities?: Involuntary Childlessness and Non-Motherhood 'Unreal' Mothers: From Mothering Miracles to Mothering the Children of Others Reflections