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Mothering Against the Odds: Diverse Voices of Contemporary Mothers

Mothering Against the Odds: Diverse Voices of Contemporary Mothers (Hardback)

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This work provides a look at the experience of mothers whose diverse life circumstances put them outside the realm of the traditional "good mother". The chapters portray women whose mothering is often maligned, misunderstood or ignored - mothers of exceptional children, adolescents and biracial children; mothers with HIV/AIDS; immigrant, lesbian, homeless, single, adoptive and teen mothers; African American mothers on welfare; and mothers in prison. Using first-person narrative, focus group data, qualitative research and clinical interviewing, these stories challenge dominant cultural stereotypes. The volume provides a way of reframing clinical practice, developmental theory, and public policy away from blaming mothers and toward understanding and respecting their unique adaptations to specific, often difficult, societal demands.

LGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: Guilford Publications Publication Date: 17/04/1998 ISBN-13: 9781572303300  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Cynthia Garcia Coll, PhD, is Professor of Education, Psychology, and Pediatrics at Brown University. She is the former Director of the Stone Center at Wellesley College. Janet L. Surrey, PhD, is a Founding Scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute and Codirector of the Gender Relations Program at the Stone Center, Wellesley College, and attending psychologist at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.Kathy Weingarten, PhD, is Codirector of the Program in Narrative Therapies at The Family Institute of Cambridge and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

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