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Television and the absent mother: why girls and young women struggle to find the maternal role

Feasey, R (2015) Television and the absent mother: why girls and young women struggle to find the maternal role. In: Missing, Presumed Dead: Absent Mothers in the Cultural Imagination, 11-12 June 2015, Umeå University.

Abstract

Motherhood is a lived reality for the majority of women worldwide and representations of motherhood and motherwork have the power and scope to foreground culturally accepted familial relations and provide ‘common sense’ understandings about appropriate, inappropriate, acceptable and other maternal behaviours for a contemporary audience. It is crucial that we acknowledge the importance of motherhood as a representational group and pay attention to what has routinely been overlooked as an area of media, gender and cultural studies research. Having said that, it is difficult to unmask, analyse, examine or interrogate a figure who is notable in their absence in certain areas of popular media culture. With this in mind then, I want to look at the new, interesting and diverse ways in which mothers are sidelined on the small screen and how this might impact on girls and young women in the media audience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:27
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/6239
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