In the Other Room: Entering the Culture of Motherhood
by Fiona Nelson (9781552662908)

In the Other Room: Entering the Culture of Motherhood
 
Fiona Nelson
Release Date: 01 September 2009
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 123
Category: Motherhood
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
ISBN: 9781552662908
ISBN-10: 155266290X



Analyzing the impact of motherhood on a woman's life, this intriguing study investigates the relationships between new and experienced mothers. Acknowledging how beginning mothers are able to articulate, debate, and negotiate dimensions of their mothering experiences with other mothers, this discussion reviews the physical and social aspects of pregnancy, the daily work of new mothering, and the competing cultural constructions of motherhood. Examining a diverse group of first-time mothers and how they discussed their own experiences with what many have called "the mommies' club," this reference documents the results of their interactions--the sharing of information and resources, the establishment of hierarchies of authority within the community of mothers, and how women are able to discursively explore and construct their maternal identities. This study reveals how essential, valuable, and complex mothers' connections with other mothers are, and yet how wrought and ambivalent these relationships can be as well.

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