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Conflict in the transitions to becoming a mother: a psycho-social approach

Hollway, Wendy (2010). Conflict in the transitions to becoming a mother: a psycho-social approach. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 15(2) pp. 136–155.

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In this article I illustrate the central role of dynamic conflict in the identity changes involved in becoming a mother for the first time. I look in depth at two salient themes in 'Justine's' case: the conflict between mothering and work and those surrounding separation with her daughter. My analysis of this single case is psycho-social; that is, without reducing to either social or psychological explanations, I attempt to articulate the connections among them. The analysis is informed by a psychoanalytic account of conflict-based unconscious intersubjectivity as a foundation for self-formation and demonstrates how these dynamics work across generations to shape a woman’s identity as she becomes a mother. I briefly contrast the mother’s experience with the father’s. Methodologically, I pay attention to the workings of transference dynamics in the interpretation of empirical interview-based data.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
ISSN: 1088-0763
Keywords: becoming a mother; unconscious intersubjectivity; psycho-social; individuality; identification; gender equality; intergenerationality; object relations; single case; transference
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 22943
Depositing User: Wendy Hollway
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 15:44
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:51
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