WGST 423: Mothering/Motherhood in the Real World Report a Broken Link

This course looks at motherhood and mothering within the context of Western society. Women’s experiences and personal identities as mothers are explored through a number of discrete topics that include the role of theory and popular culture in shaping contemporary mothering practice; issues affecting women’s choices to combine professional careers with mothering; public policies that work to constrain or reinforce mothering practice; the impact of poverty on mothering practice; mental well-being and motherhood; and how others outside the boundaries defining the “good mother” experience motherhood.

Unit 1: The Study of Motherhood


Gaunt, M. (Director). (2001). Kelly and her sisters [Documentary]. United Kingdom: ITV Studios.

Unit 2: Reflections on Motherhood—Theory and Popular Culture


Unit 3: Paid Employment and the Practice of Motherhood


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Unit 4: Enabling Policies—In Theory and in Practice


Unit 5: Mothering and Poverty


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Unit 6: Mothers, Mothering, and Mental Health


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Unit 7: “Other” Mothers, “Other” Mothering


Unit 8: The Future of Motherhood


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