By Charlotte Faircloth
Following networks of moms in London and Paris, the writer profiles the narratives of ladies who breastfeed their little ones to complete time period, more often than not a interval of a number of years, as a part of an 'attachment parenting' philosophy. those moms speak about their selection to proceed breastfeeding as 'the usual factor to do': 'evolutionarily appropriate', 'scientifically most sensible' and 'what feels correct of their hearts'. via a theoretical specialize in wisdom claims and responsibility, the writer frames those bills inside of a much broader context of 'intensive parenting', arguing that parenting practices – child feeding particularly – became a hugely moralized affair for moms, practices which they suppose are a severe element in their 'identity work'. The booklet investigates why, how and with what implications a few of these moms describe themselves as 'militant lactivists' and displays on wider parenting tradition within the united kingdom and France. Discussing gender, feminism and activism, this learn contributes to kinship and relatives reports through exploring how relatedness is enacted in conjunction to buildings of the self.
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The scales that physicians used in the medicalisation of maternity were not just ‘measures,’ however. They provided new ways to think about mothering and created a logical gap between the expectation and the observed (Rose 1999). Scholars who have analysed the ‘accountability culture’ within both finance and other areas of social life (Hoskin 1996; Power 1994; Strathern 1997, 2000) comment that since measures only report ‘what is’, they are seemingly unobjectionable. But in fact, they also prescribe what ‘ought’ to be in the form of conscious or unconscious 24 Militant Lactivism?
Scholars who have analysed the ‘accountability culture’ within both finance and other areas of social life (Hoskin 1996; Power 1994; Strathern 1997, 2000) comment that since measures only report ‘what is’, they are seemingly unobjectionable. But in fact, they also prescribe what ‘ought’ to be in the form of conscious or unconscious 24 Militant Lactivism? targets, in the guise of only being ‘for the best’ (Hoskin 1996: 267). Where there is deviation from the norm, measures are justified on the basis of preserving, or improving, that very norm.
Capitalist infrastructure, but also because it provides women with an opportunity for identity work reminiscent of a career, that is, an alternative to the labour market: In addition to establishing women’s credentials as women, [motherhood] also provides women with an occupational and structural identity because it takes up a great deal of women’s time and energy and can be a substitute for involvement in other activities, such as employment. … How motherhood is understood and hence how women view themselves as mothers is very much part of the historical period and ideological circumstances in which ideas develop.
Militant Lactivism: Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France by Charlotte Faircloth