Embodying Motherhood


Authors: Anu Aneja, Shubhangi Vaidya

9789351508939 | HB | pp. 252 | 2016 | SAGE, YODA Press

Embodying Motherhood examines and seeks to transform motherhood discourse in urban India.

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This book examines motherhood discourse in urban India, in the context of prevailing motherhood ideologies from a feminist perspective. The authors’ particular location as mothers and feminist scholars within an urban Indian setting and their diverse disciplinary backgrounds in social sciences and literary and cultural studies informs the interdisciplinary and intersectional framework of the book.

Embodying Motherhood engages with patriarchal motherhood ideologies and brings to the fore narratives of oppression and resistance. Covering a diverse landscape ranging from ancient myth and religion, psychoanalysis, care work, literature and cinema, the book explores the socio-economic and cultural frameworks within which women are constructed as ‘able’ or ‘disabled’ mothers. The notion of ‘deficit’ runs like a thread through the chapters, bringing to the fore the search for alternative and affirmative maternal subjectivities. The book contributes to an ongoing contemplation of the experience of contemporary motherhoods and seeks to engage with and transform motherhood discourse in India. It will be valuable reading for students and scholars of gender studies, psychoanalysis, literary and culture studies, and sociology, as well as all individuals who seek to find alternative ways of being mothers.


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About the Author

Anu Aneja is currently Director of the School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, where she coordinates postgraduate programmes in women’s and gender studies. She has previously taught comparative literature and women’s studies courses at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Penn State University, Pennsylvania and a BA in French from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Shubhangi Vaidya is a sociologist by training and teaches at the School of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. Her research interests are in the areas of disability studies, gender studies and culture. Parent of a young adult with autism, Shubhangi combines research and teaching with advocacy for the rights of persons with disability and their families.


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