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Mother Outlaws


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Andrea O'Reilly
  • Section One: Feminist Mothering
  • Chapter One: Feminist mothers: Successfully negotiating the tensions between motherhood as ""institution"" and ""experience"" - Fiona Green
  • Chapter Two: Resistance as a site of empowerment: The journey away from maternal sacrifice - Erika Horwitz
  • Chapter Three: ""We were conspirators, outlaws from the institution of motherhood"": Mothering against motherhood and the possibility of empowered maternity for mothers and their children - Andrea O'Reilly
  • Chapter Four: The (male) advantage of a feminist mother - Juanita Ross Epp and Sharon Cook
  • Chapter Five: Telling our stories: Feminist mothers and daughters - Christina Baker
  • Chapter Six: From perfect housewife to fishnet stockings and not quite back again: One mother's story of leaving home - Petra Buskens
  • Section Two: Lesbian Mothering
  • Chapter Seven: Imag(in)ing the queer lesbian family - Jacqui Gabb
  • Chapter Eight: Our kids in the hall: Lesbian families negotiate the public school system - Rachel Epstein
  • Chapter Nine: Lesbian mothers and the law of custody, access, and child support - Joanna Radbord
  • Chapter Ten: Lesbian nonbiological mothering: Negotiating an (un)familiar existence - Dawn Comeau
  • Section Three: African-American Mothering
  • Chapter Eleven: A politics of the heart: African-American womanist thought on mothering - Andrea O'Reilly
  • Chapter Twelve: Black women's mothering in a historical and contemporary perspective: Understanding the past, forging the future - Erica Lawson
  • Chapter Thirteen: Community mothering: The relationship between mothering and the community work of black women - Arlene E. Edwards
  • Chapter Fourteen: ""You'll become a lioness"": African-American women talk about mothering - Trudelle Thomas
  • Chapter Fifteen: Reflections on the mutuality of mothering: Women, children, and othermothering - Njoki Nathani Wane
  • Section Four: Mothers and Daughters
  • Chapter Sixteen: Across the divide: Contemporary Anglo-American feminist theory on the mother-daughter relationship - Andrea O'Reilly
  • Chapter Seventeen: The global self-esteem of an African-American adolescent female and her relationship with her mother - Barbara Turnage
  • Chapter Eighteen: Don't blame mother: Then and now - Paula Caplan
  • Chapter Nineteen: Mother of mothers, daughter of daughters: Reflections on the motherline - Naomi Lowinsky
  • Chapter Twenty: A daughter's praise poem for her mother: Historicizing community activism and racial uplist among South African women - Dolana Mogadime
  • Section Five: Mothers and Sons
  • Chapter Twenty-One: In black and white: African-American and Anglo-American feminist perspectives on mothers and sons - Andrea O'Reilly
  • Chapter Twenty-Two: Bringing our boyz to men: Black men's reflections on their mothers' childrearing influences - Wanda Thomas Bernard
  • Chapter Twenty-Three: Swimming against the tide: Feminists' accounts of mothering sons - Alison M. Thomas
  • Chapter Twenty-Four: Raising relational boys - Cate Dooley and Nikki Fedele
  • Chapter Twenty-Five: A mom and her son: Thoughts on feminist mothering - Andrea O'Reilly

About the Author

Dr Andrea O'Reilly is Director of the Association for Research on Mothering, and is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at York University. Dr O'Reilly is highly respected in the field and has published seven books on motherhood.


Mother Outlaws makes an enormously important contribution to Women's Studies, a field that tends to neglect the topic of mothering or present it with such ambivalence that it is a wonder college men and women go on to have families. ... [The text provides] abundant evidence that there can be such a thing as empowerment mothering, thereby instilling optimism in today's young men and women." - Dr. Robbie Pfeufer Kahn, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Vermont

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