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Feminism, psychology and becoming a mother

Hollway, Wendy (2016). Feminism, psychology and becoming a mother. Feminism & Psychology Early Access.

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The period of becoming a mother is a fundamental issue for feminism and a challenging one for psychology, involving a specific set of psychological processes and psychic changes that are hard to access through available language and discourses. How we understand, theorise and represent the perinatal period of mothering reaches into questions of gender equality and gender difference, parenting and how feminist psychology has tended to treat women’s reproductive bodies and the biological. To explore these themes, the article draws on a piece of empirical research about becoming a mother for the first time, using matrixial theory to point beyond the binaries in feminist psychological accounts of women’s reproductive capacities, parental care and gender equality.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author
ISSN: 1461-7161
Keywords: mother; matrixial theory; psycho-social
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 45679
Depositing User: Wendy Hollway
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 15:02
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 03:11
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