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Matricentric Feminism

Author : Andrea O'Reilly
ISBN : 177258083X
Genre : Feminism
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The book argues that the category of mother is distinct from the category of woman, and that many of the problems mothers face--social, economic, political, cultural, psychological, and so forth--are specific to women's role and identity as mothers. Indeed, mothers are oppressed under patriarchy as women and as mothers. Consequently, mothers need a feminism of their own, one that positions mothers' concerns as the starting point for a theory and politic of empowerment. O'Reilly terms this new mode of feminism matricentic feminism and the book explores how it is represented and experienced in theory, activism, and practice. The chapter on maternal theory examines the central theoretical concepts of maternal scholarship while the chapter on activism considers the twenty-first century motherhood movement. Feminist mothering is likewise examined as the specific practice of matricentric feminism and this chapter discusses various theories and strategies on and for maternal empowerment. Matricentric feminism is also examined in relation to the larger field of academic feminism; here O'Reilly persuasively shows how matricentric feminism has been marginalized in academic feminism and considers the reasons for such exclusion and how such may be challenged and changed.
Category: Feminism

Matricentric Feminism Theory Activism Practice The 2nd Edition

Author : Andrea O'Reilly
ISBN : 9781772583823
Genre : Social Science
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The 2nd edition includes a new preface that considers how matricentric feminism in positioning mothering as a verb affords a gender-neutral understanding of motherwork and allows for an appreciation of how motherwork is deeply gendered and how this may be challenged and changed through empowered mothering The book argues that the category of mother is distinct from the category of woman, and that many of the problems mothers face are specific to women's role and identity as mothers. Indeed, mothers are oppressed under patriarchy as women and as mothers. Consequently, mothers need a feminism of their own, one that positions mothers' concerns as the starting point for a theory and politic of empowerment. O'Reilly terms this new mode of feminism matricentic feminism and the book explores how it is represented and experienced in theory, activism, and practice.
Category: Social Science

The Routledge Companion To Motherhood

Author : Lynn O'Brien Hallstein
ISBN : 9781351684194
Genre : Social Science
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Interdisciplinary and intersectional in emphasis, the Routledge Companion to Motherhood brings together essays on current intellectual themes, issues, and debates, while also creating a foundation for future scholarship and study as the field of Motherhood Studies continues to develop globally. This Routledge Companion is the first extensive collection on the wide-ranging topics, themes, issues, and debates that ground the intellectual work being done on motherhood. Global in scope and including a range of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, literature, communication studies, sociology, women’s and gender studies, history, and economics, this volume introduces the foundational topics and ideas in motherhood, delineates the diversity and complexity of mothering, and also stimulates dialogue among scholars and students approaching from divergent backgrounds and intellectual perspectives. This will become a foundational text for academics in Women's and Gender Studies and interdisciplinary researchers interested in this important, complex and rapidly growing topic. Scholars of psychology, sociology or public policy, and activists in both university and workplace settings interested in motherhood and mothering will find it an invaluable guide.
Category: Social Science

Pagan Goddess Mother

Author : Chandra Alexandre
ISBN : 9781772583120
Genre : Social Science
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This anthology calls Pagan and Goddess mothering into focus by highlighting philosophies and experiences of mothers in these spiritual movements and traditions. Pagan and Goddess spirituality are distinct, yet overlapping and diverse communities, with much to say about deity as mother, and about human mothers in relationship to deity. Authors share creative voices, stories, and scholarship from the forefront of Pagan- and Goddess- centered home, in which divine mothers, Goddesses, diverse female embodiments, and generative life cycles are honoured as sacred. Authors inquire into how their spirituality impacts the perceived value and experiences of mothers themselves, while generating new ways of imagining and enacting motherhood in spiritual and daily life. Pagan, Goddess, Mother opens spaces for dialogue in areas such as how Pagan- and Goddess- centred mothers engage in, and are impacted by, their spiritual leadership through practices of ceremony, ritual, magic, and priestessing. Authors consider mothers' lived connections with their children, family life, and themselves, through nature, the Earth, and mothering as a spiritual practice. Chapters reflect upon the ways that Pagan- and Goddess- identified mothers creatively navigate daily interactions with dominant religions, the public sphere, community leadership, and activism facing the challenges of such while forging new pathways for spirited well being in mothering and family life.
Category: Social Science

Mothers At The Margins

Author : Jenny Jones
ISBN : 9781443879163
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In the last two decades, maternal scholarship has grown exponentially. Despite this, however, there are still numerous areas which remain under-researched, one of which is the experiences of marginalised mothers. Far from being a sentimental, feel-good account of mothering, this collection speaks with the voices of mothers through the application of a matricentric lens. In particular, it speaks with the voices of those mothers who feel alienated or stigmatised; mothers who have been rendered ...
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Critical Theory Of Religion

Author : Marsha Hewitt
ISBN : UVA:X002588411
Genre : Religion
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This volume brings together, in an exciting and original way, the major themes of critical social theory and feminist theology. Marsha Aileen Hewitt shows how critical themes emerge in the works of Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Mary Daly, and Rosemary Radford Ruether, and how their work provides a starting point for a feminist critical theory of religion.
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Mothers Mothering And Covid 19

Author : Fiona J Green
ISBN : 9781772583441
Genre : Social Science
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There has been little public discussion on the devastating impact of Covid-19 on mothers, or a public acknowledgement that mothering is frontline work in this pandemic. This collection of 45 chapters and with 70 contributors is the first to explore the impact of the pandemic on mothers' care and wage labour in the context of employment, schooling, communities, families, and the relationships of parents and children. With a global perspective and from the standpoint of single, partnered, queer, racialized, Indigenous, economically disadvantaged, disabled, and birthing mothers, the volume examines the increasing complexity and demands of childcare, domestic labour, elder care, and home schooling under the pandemic protocols; the intricacies and difficulties of performing wage labour at home; the impact of the pandemic on mothers' employment; and the strategies mothers have used to manage the competing demands of care and wage labour under COVID-19. By way of creative art, poetry, photography, and creative writing along with scholarly research, the collection seeks to make visible what has been invisibilized and render audible what has been silenced: the care and crisis of motherwork through and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Author : Patrick Brady
ISBN : STANFORD:36105019339741
Genre : Feminist literary criticism
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This volume opens with a thorough survey, celebratory but clear-eyed, of the feminist movement & its various branches, especially as it emerges from the controversies that have preoccupied it in the 1990s. It clarifies the conflict between radical/gender feminists, who deny any significant difference between men & women, & liberal/equity feminists, who see women as significantly different but of course (at least) equal. This conflict is reflected in the opposing views of female thinking as (a) identical with male thinking & (b) disorderly compared with male order; but both views are rejected by the Editor of this volume, who views order as more female than male, even if it has been hijacked/exploited by the patriarchy. Essays illustrating feminist situations, predicaments & conflicts are followed by studies of literary works by women (American, French, Canadian) or about women (African, French, Burgundian), together with an essay on feminism by a distinguished contemporary French novelist, Lucette Desvignes, winner of the Prix Roland Dorgeles (1982), the Prix Alexis Piron (1984), and the Prix Bourgogne (1986). A review essay devoted to Camille Paglia's SEXUAL PERSONAE is followed by reviews of books dealing with women in soap operas & in the works of Emile Zola.
Category: Feminist literary criticism

Paper And Process

Author : Mary Kate McTeigue
ISBN : OCLC:1100420816
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My art work is a personal exploration of motherhood and the domestic work involved in this role. The lack of value placed by society on mothers, in their roles as both caretakers and domestic workers, insidiously chips away at the idealistic expectations of motherhood and identity. Tangentially, the lack of a feminist theory on motherhood exacerbates the tension between this devaluation of motherhood and the mothers' expectations. The social construct of the happy-mother-with-another-one-on-the way breaks down one load of laundry at a time, one dirty diaper at a time, one child after another, and one year after the next. My process of art making, as a mother, is an attempt to reconcile the sense of displacement and disconnection from society and oneself by creating a pause - to reflect, reclaim and rebirth the fragmented parts of one's identity. The intersectionality of the third wave of feminism focused on integrating different races, genders and classes from various geographies and socio-economic backgrounds into a common conversation while still maintaining their own strong and dynamic platforms. Mothers, however, were left out of the conversation. "It has been said that motherhood is the unfinished business of feminism" states, Andrea O'Reilly, a professor at York University, in a keynote speech, at the Museum of Motherhood in NYC, 2014. O'Reilly has spent her career as a professor and mother, pushing for a maternal feminist theory which she coined "matricentric feminism." Both, O'Reilly and Samira Kawash, a professor in the Rutgers University PhD program of Women's Studies, ask the same question: Why haven't women's studies' programs embraced a feminism for the specific needs and concerns of mothers? While the feminist academic world has not embraced the concerns of mothers, within the art world, the work of mothers has been visible. Mothers and their art have added voices to various phases of feminism. Mierle Laderman Ukeles is an artist, activist, mother and feminist working since the late 1960's. She elevated the maintenance chores of mothers and service workers to that of art, thereby creating a community of mothers and workers that felt validated in their jobs. Her art has been a powerful tool in strengthening the agenda and agency of mothers. My art installations explore women's traditional work. The process of making handmade paper mimics the often tedious, mundane, and oppressive aspects of domestic chores like doing laundry or dishes. The soaking, beating, rinsing, and pressing of fiber into sheets of paper is labor intensive. The paper with its imperfections is used to create simple objects of domesticity like an apron or laundry basket or large panels of color that focus on process. This work has helped me to reconcile with the past twenty-five years as a mother. Art making creates a foundation from which to understand and reclaim oneself.

Introducing Feminist Images Of God

Author : Mary C. Grey
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114261964
Genre : Religion
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This book is an introduction to recent thinking on, and experience of the Divine, reflecting the work of women from diverse contexts. Early attempts to move beyond the restriction of God-language to 'Father' language and to open up the possibilities of a more inclusive way of praying have led to a richness and variety of experiences of God and the world of the sacred. God experienced in the struggle for justice is one such area. While similarities and connections are shown between, for example, Jewish, womanist, and Latin American women, their distinctiveness and diversity is respected. Women's experience of God does not flinch from ambiguity and tragedy; so long as the figure of Sophia, Wisdom, integrates new dimensions of experience the infinite depths of the Divine Mystery are still to be plumbed.
Category: Religion

Feminist Perspectives On Young Mothers And Young Mothering

Author : Joanne Minaker
ISBN : 9781772582512
Genre : Social Science
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To be a young mother is almost by definition to be considered an “unfit” mother. Thus, it is not surprising that young Canadian, U.S. and Australian mothers are often scorned, stigmatized and monitored. This is a book about being young, being a mother, and grappling with what it means to inhabit these two complex social positions. This book critiques the dominant, negative construction of young motherhood. Contributors reject the notion that the “ideal” mother is a 30ish, white, middle-class, able-bodied, married, heterosexual woman situated in a nuclear family. This collection privileges the insights and stories of a diverse array of young mothers such as; a young mother coerced into giving her child up for a adoption, a young queer mother who has been parenting a child borne by her trans partner and who is now pregnant herself and many more. The tales analyzed and recounted in the collection record experiences of pain and joy, frustration and success, struggle and resistance, oppression and empowerment. We invite readers to hear the all too often silenced stories of young mothers, to learn what prevents and what allows these mothers to lead lives of grit, determination, authenticity, and agency as they strive to lovingly care for themselves, their children, and in many cases, other young mothers.
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Feminist Thought

Author : Rosemarie Tong
ISBN : UOM:39015082693816
Genre : Philosophy
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A critical introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, now with new considerations of care-focused, postcolonial, and third-wave feminism.
Category: Philosophy

Reading Feminist Intertextuality Through Bluebeard Stories

Author : Casie Hermansson
ISBN : IND:30000094671900
Genre : Social Science
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This study offers a theory for feminist intertextuality based on strategies at work in rewritings of the Bluebeard fairy tale. The book asserts that feminist intertextuality revises one coercive intertext in particular: that of intertextuality theory itself. Rewritings of the fairy tale accordingly can be seen to privilege either the embedded narrative or the escape from it, subscribing either to monologic or dialogic intertextuality. The work examines the original Bluebeard tale group (Perrault, Grimm, variants); historical and modern Bluebeards; and other writers, including Jane Austen, William Godwin, Margaret Atwood, John Fowles, Peter Ackroyd, Kurt Vonnegut, Angela Carter, Gloria Naylor, Emma Cave, Max Frisch, Stephen King, Meira Cook and Donald Barthelme.
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Border Crossings

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Genre : Arts
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Essays On Peace

Author : Michael E. Salla
ISBN : IND:30000055954014
Genre : International organization
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New Creation

Author : Catharina J. M. Halkes
ISBN : UOM:39015024766951
Genre : Control (Psychology)
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Oorspr. titel : En alles zal worden herschapen.
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The Rule Of Mars

Author : Cristina Biaggi
ISBN : UCSC:32106018974193
Genre : Patriarchy
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"An anthology of the best work by leading scholars on the subject of patriarchy: how it came to be the dominant social system, how it has been maintained, and its impact on contemporary life. In today's world, it is important to understand the underlining dynamics of our political and social life so that change can be relevant and substantial ... This outstanding collection of 32 essays from renowned scholars, artists and activists is a fresh approach to a topic with ancient roots. Patriarchy is not the inevitable outcome of civilization, these authors contend, but rather a deliberately chosen social structure with a beginning, a middle, and, hopefully, an end. This diverse collection of provocative authors each takes her or his own approach to the material at hand. Together they examine the possible origins of patriarchy such as the collapse of the fertility of the once "fertile crescent" to the loss of land in the great Black Sea flood. They examine the evidence of ancient cultures based on equality and a reverence for both genders, contrasting that with the contemporary patriarchy that brings so much strife to our world. And they bring hope with thoughtful suggestions for real change so that humankind can once again live in equality."--Publisher's website.
Category: Patriarchy

Feminism And Love

Author : Ruth Whitney
ISBN : IND:30000067537567
Genre : Social Science
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Presents a new vision of feminism and love.
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Monstrous Mothers Troubling Tropes

Author : Andrea O'Reilly
ISBN : 1772583332
Genre : Social Science
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Motherhood is one of those roles that assumes an almost-outsized cultural importance in the significance we force it to bear. It becomes both the source of and the repository for all kinds of cultural fears. Its ubiquity perhaps makes it this perfect foil. After all, while not everyone will become a mother, everyone has a mother. When we force motherhood to bear the terrors of what it means to be human, we inflict trauma upon those who mother. A long tradition of bad mothers thus shapes contemporary mothering practices (and the way we view them), including the murderous Medea of Greek mythology, the power-hungry Queen Gertrude of Hamlet, and the emasculating mother of Freud's theories. Certainly, there are mother who cause harm, inflict abuse, act monstrously. Mothers are human. But mothers are also a favourite and easy scapegoat. The contributors to this collection explore a multitude of interdisciplinary representations of mothers that, through their very depictions of bad mothering, challenge the tropes of monstrous mothering that we lean on, revealing in the process why we turn to them. Chapters in Monstrous Mothers: Troubling Tropes explore literary, cinematic, and real-life m
Category: Social Science