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Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television - executive summary

Feasey, R (2015) Mothers on mothers: maternal readings of popular television - executive summary.

Abstract

A wide array of popular media texts are said to circulate the ideology of intensive mothering, with parenting manuals, mainstream film, news reports, advice columns, women’s magazine, celebrity-led publications, and adverts confirming the norms and ideals surrounding ‘good’ mothering. And although it can be argued that television plays a part in upholding the figure of the ‘good’ mother, it has also been seen to present mothers as inept, ineffectual and fragile. Indeed, television appears committed to depictions of single, sexual and scared mothers who are variously struggling with authority and finding little in the way of maternal satisfaction, which might go some way towards exposing the ideology of intensive mothering as a romanticised ideal. Although research exists to account for the hypothetical or academic reading of these maternal figures, no current research exists to account for the ways in which maternal audiences respond to representations of motherhood in the media. With this in mind, this research has drawn on maternal responses to an online questionnaire in order to shed light on the varied and diverse ways in which mothers make sense of popular representations of motherhood on television. The full volume has examined the ways in which these women find pleasure, empowerment, escapist fantasy, displeasure and frustration within popular depictions of motherhood, considering the ways in which such responses inform their own maternal thoughts and practices.

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Full text of executive summary available at URL above in advance of Feasey's book of the same title to be published later in 2015.

Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 12:47
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:27
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/6245
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