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The Demands of Motherhood

Agents, Roles and Recognition


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Lisa Smyth
    Pages 1-10
  3. Lisa Smyth
    Pages 37-55
  4. Lisa Smyth
    Pages 83-114
  5. Lisa Smyth
    Pages 115-146
  6. Lisa Smyth
    Pages 147-154
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 155-178

About this book


Drawing on qualitative interviews with forty middle-class mothers living in Northern Ireland and the US, this book explores the strategies women adopt, as they take on and creatively re-make motherhood in ways which allow them to cope.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastUK

About the authors

LISA SMYTH Lecturer in Sociology at Queen's University Belfast, UK, and has also been a visiting professor at San Diego State University's Department of Women's Studies, USA. She works on issues of gender, reproduction and social change. She has previously published Abortion and Nation.

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