CFP: Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions Of Modern Motherhood

Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for an edited collection
Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions Of Modern Motherhood
Editor: Dr. Linda Ennis

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Sharon Hays' landmark book, "The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood", this collection will revisit Hays' concept of "intensive mothering" as a continuing, yet controversial representation of modern motherhood. In Hays' original work, she spoke of "intensive mothering" as primarily being conducted by mothers, centered on children's needs with methods informed by experts, which are labour-intensive and costly simply because children are entitled to this maternal investment. While respecting the important need for connection between mother and baby that is prevalent in the teachings of Attachment Theory, this collection raises into question whether an over-investment of mothers in their children's lives is as effective a mode of parenting, as being conveyed by representations of modern motherhood. In a world where independence is encouraged, why are we still engaging in "intensive motherhood"?

Topics can also include (but are not limited to):
Reconciling early childhood theory with intensive mothering; the impact of Sharon Hays work; comparing intensive motherhood today with that of the 90s; motives behind intensive mothering; independence and dependency; working/stay-at-home mothers and intensive motherhood; empty nest and intensive mothering; the mommy track and intensive mothering; intensive mothering throughout the life-span; fathers and intensive mothering; economics of intensive motherhood; self-centeredness, perfectionism and intensive motherhood; ambivalence, guilt and intensive mothering; career success and intensive mothering; education and intensive mothering; the role of the school in condoning intensive motherhood; the decline of the family unit and intensive mothering; the use of technology to maintain intensive mothering; single mothers and intensive mothering; immigrant mothers and intensive mothering; grandmothers and intensive mothering; intensive mothering from a distance; intensive mothering and medical well-being; depression and intensive mothering; stories about intensive mothering experiences; intensive motherhood, as portrayed in literature.
Submission Guidelines

Abstracts: 250 words. Please include a 50-word biography
Deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2013
Please send submissions and inquiries directly to: Dr. Linda Ennis

Completed manuscripts not exceeding 20 pages will be due September 2014,
and should conform to MLA guidelines.

Acceptance is contingent and will depend upon the strength and fit of the final piece.
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