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Maternal Geographies


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Chapter 1: "Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place" by Jennifer Johnson & Krista Johnston Chapter 2: "Reconstructing `Home' Through Mothering in Japan: A Case of Samoan Wives" by Minako Kuramitsu Chapter 3: "May: Mothering in Space and Place, Painting and Poem" by Wanda Campbell Chapter 4: "Mothering, Geography, and Spaces of Play" by Laurel O'Gorman Chapter 5: "Spatial Practices of Care, Knowledge and Becoming Among Mothers of Children with Autism" by Karen Falconer Al-Hindi Chapter 6: "A Global Positioning System: On `Finding Myself' as a Mother in the Romantic Landscape" by Elizabeth Philps Chapter 7: "Good Mothers?: Geographies of Sexualized Labour and Mothering in the Strip Trades in Northern Ontario" by Tracy Gregory and Jennifer Johnson Chapter 8: "PLACEnta: Finding Our Way Home" by Jules Koostachin Chapter 9: "Pregnancy, Gender and Career Progression: The Visible Mother in the Workplace" by Danielle Drozdzewski and Natasha Klocker Chapter 10: "Belly, Baby, Boundaries: The Effect of Pregnancy on Research Relationships" by Shana Calixte Chapter 11: "Fields of Care: (Auto)ethnography of the Politics of Pregnancy and Foodwork in Aotearoa New Zealand" by Emma Sharp Chapter 12: "Engineering the Good Mother: A Case Study of Opportunity NYC" by Carolyn Fraker Chapter 13: "Mothers Out of Place in Argentine Cinema" by Nadia Der-Ohannesian Chapter 14: "Geographies of Care and Peripheral Citizenship Among Mothers of the Brazilian Bolsa Familia Program" by Nathalie Reis Itaborai Chapter 15: "`Parce que sans ca tu les oublies, les chansons...': Mothering Between Solidarity and Difference Through Francophone Places and Networks in Kingston, ON" by Laurence Simard-Gagnon Chapter 16: "LGBT Families and `Motherless' Children: Tracking Heteronormative Resistances in Great Britain, Canada, and Australia" by Catherine Nash, Andrew Gorman-Murray and Kath Browne

About the Author

Jennifer L. Johnson is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Thorneloe University federated with Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Her research and teaching include feminist geographical approaches to the study of social reproduction and global economies; gender, race and racism; and feminist pedagogies. She is co-editor of Feminist Issues: Gender, Race, and Class 6th edition with Nancy Mandell (Pearson Education, 2016). Krista Johnston is Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada. Her teaching and research focus on the roles and responsibilities of non-Indigenous peoples in projects of decolonization, with a focus on gender justice and urban citizenship.


"Maternal Geographies is an accessible collection that brings together a diverse set of arguments via engaging styles of presentations. The Editors position the contributions within an interdisciplinary backdrop through which authors detail the spatialities of mothering. Instead of the well-worn trope of mothers facing challenges, each of the authors foregrounds mothering as a process, bringing refreshingly neoteric angles to understanding what mothering is all about. Contributions provide personal accounts of sculpting spaces for conventionally understood as `out of place' mothering, offer novel readings of art forms that bring a sensitivity to the complexity of the lives of women who mother, and advance methodological queries into embodied research practices that extend well beyond the research topic. This reorientation away from the idealizations of mother and motherhood toward mothering as a process will no doubt affect the way researchers approach mothers and motherhood through the practices of mothering." - Professor Pamela Moss, University of Victoria

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