Motherhood, Hauntings and the Affective Arrangement of Care

  • Simone FullagarEmail author
  • Wendy O’Brien
  • Adele Pavlidis


In this chapter we pursue a more-than-human approach to untangle the tightly woven gendered knot of maternal care and explore the affective relations that haunt depression and recovery. Considering the effects of certain knowledges that place the mother as central to infant development, we shift away from this blame-evoking orientation to explore the affective arrangements of care through which the normative parameters of happy, self-fulfilled motherhood are strained and stretched. Continuing our feminist desire to trouble the normativity of the ‘life course’, this chapter works with the diffracted and disruptive experiences of motherhood. We argue that enabling the multiplicity of mother’s desires—for acknowledgement, security and connection—can support mother-child relations in ways that do not limit the possibilities of motherhood or recovery from depression.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Fullagar
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wendy O’Brien
    • 3
  • Adele Pavlidis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia
  2. 2.Department of HealthUniversity of BathBathUK
  3. 3.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural ResearchGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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