Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place


Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place



In this edited collection, Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, UNO faculty member, wrote chapter 5, “Spatial Practices of Care, Knowledge and Becoming Among Mothers of Children with Autism”.

Abstract of the book: This collection broaches the intersections of critical motherhood studies and feminist geography. Contributors demonstrate that an important dimension of the social construction of motherhood is how mothering happens in space and place, leading to the articulation of diverse maternal geographies. Through 16 concise chapters divided into three thematic sections, the contributors provide an account of motherhood and mothering as spatial practices that are embedded in relations of power across time and place. While some contributors explore how dominant discourses of motherhood seek to keep mothers in their place, others take up the notion of maternal geographies as productive in their own right and follow their subjects as they create a new sense of place. Collectively, the authors demonstrate that mothers are produced and regulated as subjects in relation to space and place, and also that practices of mothering produce spatial relationships.

The scholars gathered here bring interdisciplinary approaches from diverse fields including women’s and gender studies, sexuality studies, social geography, sociology, anthropology, fine arts, literary studies, and film studies. Chapters include submissions from authors who reference the geographical contexts of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Eastern Caribbean, Great Britain, Japan and Samoa, and the United States.



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Demeter Press

Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place