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Modern Motherhood and Women's Dual Identities: Rewriting the Sexual Contract
 

Modern Motherhood and Women's Dual Identities: Rewriting the Sexual Contract (Paperback)

By Bueskens, Petra

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Why do women in contemporary western societies experience contradiction between their autonomous and maternal selves? What are the origins of this contradiction and the associated 'double shift' that result in widespread calls to either 'lean in' or 'opt out'? How are some mother...s subverting these contradictions and finding meaningful ways of reconciling their autonomous and maternal selves? In Modern Motherhood and Women's Dual Identities, Petra Bueskens argues that western modernisation consigned women to the home and released them from it in historically unprecedented, yet interconnected, ways. Her ground-breaking formulation is that western women are free as 'individuals' and constrained as mothers, with the twist that it is the former that produces the latter. Bueskens' theoretical contribution consists of the identification and analysis of modern women's duality, drawing on political philosophy, feminist theory and sociology tracking the changing nature of discourses of women, freedom and motherhood across three centuries. While the current literature points to the pervasiveness of contradiction and double-shifts for mothers, very little attention has been paid to how (some) women are subverting contradiction and 'rewriting the sexual contract'. Bridging this gap, Bueskens' interviews ten 'revolving mothers' to reveal how periodic absence, exceeding the standard work-day, disrupts the default position assigned to mothers in the home, and in turn disrupts the gendered dynamics of household work. A provocative and original work, Modern Motherhood and Women's Dual Identities will appeal to graduate students and researchers interested in fields such as Women and Gender Studies, Sociology of Motherhood and Social and Political Theory.
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ISBN 9780367460129
Released NZ 25 Nov 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
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Series Routledge Research in Gender and Society
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ISBN-13 9780367460129
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 25 Nov 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 25 Nov 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Bueskens, Petra
Series Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Category Cultural Studies
Women's Studies
Feminism
Social Institutions
Sociology: Family & Relationships
Sociology: Work & Labour
Number of Pages 334
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 306.8743
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Motherhood, Women - Identity, Sex role
NBS Text Social Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education

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