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Motherhood, Absence and Transition By Trish Green

Motherhood, Absence and Transition

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Addresses the much neglected area of the mother's experience of separation from her child at the time of their home-leaving. This discusses how the mother's experience of separation is silenced by the socio-cultural constructions of motherhood per se and by the privileging of the child's transition to adulthood.
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Motherhood, Absence and Transition: When Adult Children Leave Home by Trish Green

The vast majority of academic texts on motherhood have focused on women's experiences of the early years of mothering, while texts covering the topic of home-leaving have tended to privilege the young person's experience. Combining lively empirical material with an illuminating social-theoretical framework, Trish Green's book addresses the much neglected area of the mother's experience of separation from her child at the time of their home-leaving. The book makes clear how the mother's experience of separation is silenced, first by the socio-cultural constructions of motherhood per se, second by the privileging of the child's transition to adulthood, and third by a neglect of the relational dimension of this particular life-course transition. In doing so the book makes an important contribution to debates on ageing, identity and the life-course, and will be of great interest to sociologists with various academic interests.

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'Trish Green's engaging and well-argued book provides a rich analysis of the complex experiences and reconfigurations in emotions, identities and biographies that mothers face when their adult children leave home. This book will be important reading for those seeking to understand an aspect of mothers' family lives that has been silenced conceptually, culturally and empirically.' Rosalind Edwards, London South Bank University, UK 'Drawing on a fascinating body of empirical data that describe adult children leaving home, this book considerably expands contemporary western visions of motherhood, demonstrating the scope of its relational qualities throughout the life course. In so doing it questions the values attributed to independence and autonomy, demonstrating their capacity to distort our perceptions of the emotional geographies of family relatedness.' Jenny Hockey,University of Sheffield, UK

About Trish Green


Trish Green is Research Associate in the Natural Burial Project at the University of Sheffield

Table of Contents


Contents: Introduction: motherhood, absence and transition; Becoming and being a mother; Researching mothers' experiences; Modelling motherhood; Managing the process of separation; Post-separation communication; Mothers' futures; Conclusion: reflections on motherhood, absence and transition; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR010331509
Motherhood, Absence and Transition: When Adult Children Leave Home by Trish Green
Trish Green
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2010-05-28
194
0754677338
9780754677338
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