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New directions in thinking about mothering.
Mothers Who Deliver brings together essays that focus on mothering as an intelligent practice, deliberately reinvented and rearticulated by mothers themselves. The contributors to this watershed volume focus on a variety of subjects, from mothers in children’s picture books and mothers writing blogs to global maternal activism and mothers raising gay sons. Distinguishing itself from much writing about motherhood today, Mothers Who Deliver focuses on forward-looking arguments and new forms of knowledge about the practice of mothering instead of remaining solely within the realm of critique. Together, the essays create a compelling argument about the possibilities of empowered mothering.
“Stitt and Powell cast a wide net into this interdisciplinary field, bringing back articles that speak to everything from the ‘mommyblogging’ revolution to single mothers’ groups and how they operate on university campuses … The articles themselves promote introspection, but it is the act of reading them in the same space against seemingly disparate articles that fosters questioning and eventual understanding of just how personal and political a field like mothering studies can be.” — Elevated Difference
“This volume moves beyond a critique of patriarchal motherhood to imagine and implement new and more empowering theories and modes of mothering. With its focus on mothering as agency and in its attention to twenty-first-century motherhood issues, it is a distinct and original collection.” — Andrea O’Reilly, editor of Feminist Mothering
Jocelyn Fenton Stitt is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Pegeen Reichert Powell is Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.