Inequality Among First Mothers: The Power of Resources

  • Riitta Högbacka


The chapter zooms in on inequalities among first mothers and examines the decision-making processes of those with more resources. A comparison of these two groups reveals the rising inequality within South Africa and the consequent polarisation of families into a small relatively privileged section and the majority facing major livelihood-related problems. These women’s particular situations and choices are then further examined. The chapter concludes with an investigation of those women who could choose to keep their child.


Foster Care Birth Mother Difficult Life Pregnancy Crisis High Occupational Position 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riitta Högbacka
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  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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