Journal article

Daughters and their mothers: The reproduction of pronatalist discourses across generations

Clare Bartholomaeus, Damien W Riggs

WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

The expectation that all women will become mothers, and that they will mother in particular ways, has been a focus of feminist attention for many decades. What has been less considered is how pronatalist discourses are reproduced across generations within the same family. This article draws on interviews with five pairs of white middle class daughters currently planning to have children and their mothers living in South Australia, in order to examine the ways in which mother-daughter relationships are a key site for the reproduction of pronatalist discourses. Three recurring themes are examined: 1) expectations mothers have of their daughters to have children, 2) (grand)mothers as advice-giv..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council under a Future Fellowship, FT130100087.