Constructing motherhood: cultural discourse and mothers of children with special needs

dc.contributor.advisorLauzon, Allan
dc.contributor.authorBurghardt, Madeline
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-24T15:47:58Z
dc.date.available2020-08-24T15:47:58Z
dc.date.copyright2003
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Rural Extension Studiesen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the construction of motherhood with twelve mothers of children with special needs. It pays particular attention to motherhood in a consumer culture and reveals the cultural discourses of normativity and abnormality that these women encounter. It investigates their responses to such discourses and illuminates the tension that can exist between felt pressure to achieve normalcy and the desire to fully honour their children. Finally, it outlines possibilities for resistance to discourse as articulated by the mothers.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/20156
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectMothersen_US
dc.subjectSpecial needs childrenen_US
dc.subjectConsumer cultureen_US
dc.subjectNormalcyen_US
dc.subjectFelt pressureen_US
dc.titleConstructing motherhood: cultural discourse and mothers of children with special needsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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