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Marginalised Mothers

Exploring Working Class Experiences of Parenting

By Val Gillies

Routledge – 2007

Series: Relationships and Resources

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Description

Successive moral panics have cast poor or socially excluded mothers - associated with social problems as diverse as crime, underachievement, unemployment and mental illness - as bad mothers. Their mothering practices are held up as the antithesis of good parenting and are associated with poor outcomes for children.

Marginalised Mothers provides a detailed and much-needed insight into the lived experience of mothers who are frequently the focus of public concern and intervention, yet all too often have their voices and experiences overlooked. The book explores how they make sense of their lives with their children and families, position themselves within a context of inequality and vulnerability, and resist, subvert and survive material and social marginalisation.

This controversial text uses qualitative data from a selection of working class mothers to highlight the opportunities and choices they face and to expose the middle class assumptions that ground much contemporary family policy. It will be of interest to students and researchers in sociology, social work and social policy, as well as social workers and policymakers.

Contents

1. Marginalised Mothers: Representations and Research 2. Re-Framing Class: Exploring the Dimensions of Disadvantage 3. Mothering and Material Struggle 4. Class, Subjectivity and Motherhood 5. Challenging from the Margins: Managing Institutional Frameworks 6. Working Class Mothering: Strengths and Values 7. Situating Understandings of Mothering: Issues and Implications

Author Bio

Val Gillies is a Senior Research Fellow in the Families and Social Capital Group at London South Bank University.

Name: Marginalised Mothers: Exploring Working Class Experiences of Parenting (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Val Gillies. Successive moral panics have cast poor or socially excluded mothers - associated with social problems as diverse as crime, underachievement, unemployment and mental illness - as bad mothers. Their mothering practices are held up as the antithesis of good...
Categories: Sociology of the Family, Gender Studies, Family Policy, Social Class, Social Policy