Knowing Mothers

Researching Maternal Identity Change

  • Wendy Hollway

Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial Series book series (STIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. A Psycho-Social Research Project Example: Introducing Principles, Methods and Practices

  3. Three Psycho-Social Perspectives on Knowing and Becoming: Psychoanalytically Informed Theorising in Mothers’ and Researchers’ Knowing

  4. Analysing the Politics of the Maternal Psycho-Socially

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Wendy Hollway
      Pages 163-182
  5. In Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Wendy Hollway
      Pages 185-192
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-216

About this book


How do women experience the identity changes involved in becoming mothers for the first time? Throughout in depth case examples, Wendy Hollway demonstrates how a different research methodology, underpinned by a psychoanalytically informed epistemology, can transform our understanding of the early foundations of maternal identity.


ethics gender methodology psychoanalysis women

Authors and affiliations

  • Wendy Hollway
    • 1
  1. 1.The Open UniversityUK

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