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Australian Mothering

Historical and Sociological Perspectives

  • Carla Pascoe Leahy
  • Petra Bueskens
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introducing and Analysing Maternal Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carla Pascoe Leahy, Petra Bueskens
      Pages 3-20
    3. Petra Bueskens, Carla Pascoe Leahy
      Pages 21-65
  3. Constructing Mothers as Citizens, Workers and Wives

  4. Remembering Families: Mothers, Fathers and Children

  5. The History and Politics of Childbirth and Breastfeeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Paula A. Michaels, Elizabeth Sutton, Nicole Highet
      Pages 239-255
  6. Becoming a Mother: Identity, Emotion and Time Use

About this book

Introduction

This collection defines the field of maternal studies in Australia for the first time. Leading motherhood researchers explore how mothering has evolved across Australian history as well as the joys and challenges of being a mother today. The contributors cover pregnancy, birth, relationships, childcare, domestic violence, time use, work, welfare, policy and psychology, from a diverse range of maternal perspectives. Utilising a matricentric feminist framework, Australian Mothering foregrounds the experiences, emotions and perspectives of mothers to better understand how Australian motherhood has developed historically and contemporaneously. Drawing upon their combined sociological and historical expertise, Bueskens and Pascoe Leahy have carefully curated a collection that presents compelling research on past and present perspectives on maternity in Australia, which will be relevant to researchers, advocates and policy makers interested in the changing role of mothers in Australian society.

Petra Bueskens is an Honorary Fellow in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, a psychotherapist in private practice, and a freelance columnist at New Matilda.

Carla Pascoe Leahy is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia and an Honorary Associate at Museums Victoria.

Keywords

history family policy sociology identity social practice breastfeeding childbirth health LGBT

Editors and affiliations

  • Carla Pascoe Leahy
    • 1
  • Petra Bueskens
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

About the editors

Petra Bueskens is an Honorary Fellow in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, a psychotherapist in private practice, and a freelance columnist at New Matilda.

Carla Pascoe Leahy is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia and an Honorary Associate at Museums Victoria.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“An incisive and compelling study of Australian motherhood that discerningly examines it’s trajectories from Federation to contemporary times and perceptively explores its many permutations across diverse themes and perspectives. The collection meticulously takes up and engages with the key theories and topics in motherhood studies and astutely employs them to curate a rich compendium of Australian motherhood. The volume will guide Australian Motherhood Studies for years to come.” —Andrea O’Reilly, York University, Canada

"A wonderfully rich and important collection of scholarly perspectives on the experiences and meanings of motherhood in the Australian context. Petra Bueskens and Carla Pascoe Leahy have significantly broadened the field of maternal studies, insisting that ’the maternal’ is a political, historical and social term, one that tells us as much about colonial and domestic violence, fatherhood, migration, citizenship and the state, as it does about motherhood, care, and the female body. Essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of motherhood." —Lisa Baraitser, Birkbeck, University of London, UK