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Surveillance of Modern Motherhood

Experiences of Universal Parenting Courses

  • Promotes a deeper understanding into the discursive practices and constructs of modern motherhood in the UK

  • Presents a feminist post-structuralist analysis of experiences of mothers that have attended universal parenting courses

  • Explores pressures within modern motherhood


About this book


This book explores the reflections and experiences of mothers of children aged 0-3 years that have attended universal parenting courses. 


Simmons considers the factors that motivated mothers to attend a universal parenting course and explore the wider experiences of early modern motherhood in the UK. She investigates participants' perceptions of benefits of attending a parenting course, different forms of parenting advice accessed by mothers, and how this provides an insight into the wider constructs and experiences of modern motherhood. 


Ultimately, the book considers, through a feminist post-structuralist lens, the social and cultural pressures within modern motherhood in relation to different levels of surveillance, and produces new knowledge for practice within the early years and health sectors in relation to the support currently offered to new mothers. It will be of interest to students and scholars across the sociology of education, gender studies, and childhood studies. 


Motherhood Feminism parenting Post-Structuralism gender studies family sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of DerbyDerbyUK

About the authors

Helen Simmons is Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, and Pathway Leader of the MA Education (Early Years Pathway) at the University of Derby, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Surveillance of Modern Motherhood
  • Book Subtitle Experiences of Universal Parenting Courses
  • Authors Helen Simmons
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-45362-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-45365-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-45363-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 176
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
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