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The oppressive and the empowering dimensions of maternity, as well as the complex relationship between the two, first identified by Adrienne Rich in Of Woman Born, has been the focus of feminist scholarship on motherhood over the last three decades. While feminist research on motherhood has focused on many topics, these studies have been informed and shaped by larger inquiries: namely, how do we challenge patriarchal motherhood? How do we create feminist mothering? And finally, how are the two aims interconnected? Rocking the Cradle, composed of twelve essays, will explore these questions.
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Andrea O Reilly is an Associate Professor of Women s Studies, York University, Toronto and Director of the Association for Research on Mothering. She is the author of Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart, and editor of eight books on mothering including Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering.Review:
True to its name, O Reilly s collection rocks -- and not just the cradle, but also the foundations of patriarchy s rigid rules for mothering. This highly readable, sweeping, and provocative volume offers a broadly appealing model of the road to empowerment through the practices of feminist mothering --Sharon Hays, Streisand Chair of Gender Studies, University of Southern California
This is an important book. Andrea O Reilly makes a powerful case for the necessity of empowered mothing, and anyone who has experienced motherhood as a radicalizing even in her own life will recognize herself in this nuanced, thoughtful discussion of what it means to be a feminist and a mother in the twenty-first century. --Andrea Buchanan, author of Mother Shock and editor of Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined
By tracking the parallels between the author s evolution as a feminist scholar and her changing experience of motherhood, Rocking the Cradle offers a unique and important contribution to the field of maternal studies. The range of works included in this collection is particularly noteworthy for revealing the challenges and complexities of theorizing a working model of empowered mothering in Western society. --Judith Stadtman Tucker, Editor, The Mothers Movement Online
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