Silenced, Silence, Silent: Motherhood in the margins

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Title Silenced, Silence, Silent: Motherhood in the margins
Author Carpenter, Lorelei; Austin, Helena
Journal Name Qualitative Inquiry
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract This project explores the experiences of women who mother children with ADHD.1 The authors use the metaphor of the text and the margin. The text is the "motherhood myth" that describes a particular sort of "good" mothering. The margin is the space beyond that text. This marginal space is inhabited by some or all of the mothers they spoke with, some or all of the time, as they fail to be recognized by the text. They explore the many sorts of silence, whether imposed or "strategic choice," that disable these women by segregating and isolating them. They also use the metaphor of trouble. They explore the troubling work these mothers do as they negotiate motherhood on the borders of that myth. The troubling work is itself troubled—as neither strategic silence nor strategic unsilence is without its risk, and both at times reinscribe the very mythology that denies these women.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 13
Issue Number 5
Page from 660
Page to 674
ISSN 1077-8004
Date Accessioned 2008-02-29
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Other Language and Culture
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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