Beyond binaries in motherhood research

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Stephens, Julie (2004) Beyond binaries in motherhood research. Family matters (69). pp. 88-93. ISSN 1030-2646


Much research into motherhood and the family uses qualitative techniques such as focus groups and interviews. However, these methods can serve to reinforce the dominant discourse that focuses on the contradictory demands experienced by mothers who undertake paid employment. The author argues that more creative ways of understanding the mosaic and diverse nature of contemporary motherhood, such as fiction, memoirs and personal narratives, ought to be considered.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Keywords motherhood, Australia, employment, family, human relations, attitudes
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