Book Chapter

Defining Maternal Studies in Australia: The Birth of a Field

Petra Bueskens, Carla Pascoe Leahy

Australian Mothers: Historical and Sociological Perspectives | Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2019


This collection defines the field of maternal studies in Australia for the first time. Leading motherhood researchers explore how mothering has evolved across Australian history as well as the joys and challenges of being a mother today. The contributors cover pregnancy, birth, relationships, childcare, domestic violence, time use, work, welfare, policy and psychology, from a diverse range of maternal perspectives. Utilising a matricentric feminist framework, Australian Mothering foregrounds the experiences, emotions and perspectives of mothers to better understand how Australian motherhood has developed historically and contemporaneously. Drawing upon their combined sociological and histori..

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