Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice

Edited by Andrea O'Reilly

This volume, playing upon the double entendre of the word "Matters," examines the substance and significance of motherhood. As motherhood is the subject matter of the volume, the volume similarly examines how motherhood matters - is of importance - to women and society more generally. In considering these matters the volume examines motherhood both as it is representes and lived. In particular, the volume looks at how the contemporary ideology of good motherhood is represented in diverse popular discourses - film, popular literature, children's fiction, amagzines, judicial rulings, and parenting books. Likewise, it examines how the messy and muddled realities of motherhood are camoflaged by the normative discourse of motherhood and how, in turn, practices of mothering - in all their complexity and diversity - challenge the denial of such difficulty and difference in the normative
discourse.