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    Mapping maternal subjectivities, identities and ethics

    Baraitser, Lisa and Spigel, S. (2011) Mapping maternal subjectivities, identities and ethics. In: O'Reilly, A. (ed.) The 21st Century Motherhood Movement. Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press. ISBN 9780986667114.

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    This anthology, the first on the 21st century motherhood movement,includes seven sections: Becoming a Mother; Mater- nal Identities; Maternal Advocacy; Maternal Activism; Violence, Militarism, War and Peace; Social Change and Social Justice; Writing/Researching/Performing Motherhood—and features more than eighty motherhood organizations from around the globe. Each chapter discusses the context, history, mandate of the organization and examines the organization’s activi- ties, challenges, future goals, and its relationship to the larger motherhood movement. The introduction provides an overview of the history and ideological frameworks of the 21st century motherhood movement, discusses the challenges and possibili- ties of maternalism, details the specific practices and strategies of 21st century maternal activism, and considers such in rela- tion to feminist theory and practice. This book affirms that the 21st century motherhood movement is an autonomous and dis- tinct social movement that makes possible a much needed and long overdue mother-centred theory and politic of feminism. Andrea O’Reilly offers us a compelling look at a nascent movement whose force cannot be denied. This invaluable and comprehensive collection conveys the excitement, ten- sions, and potential of motherhood as a rallying cry. Bring- ing together a variety of perspectives and voices in a rich mix, it explores the many facets of maternal activism and provides a much-needed resource for anyone who wants to understand mothers’ efforts to make the personal political. —Pamela Stone, Hunter College and Graduate Cen- ter of the City University of New York and author of Opt- ing Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home “This rich anthology documents the modern mother’s move- ment in all of its diversity. It is must reading for any- one interested in the explosion of activism aimed at the empowerment of women as mothers. Mamazons, outlaw moth- ers, strategic essentialists, on-line pragmatists, lesbian theorists, and more than 80 organizations representing every class, creed and color of mother - they are all here. If you want a clear picture of 21st century matrocentric feminism, look no further - this is it.” - Ann Crittenden, author of The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued

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