ERIC Number: EJ797545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
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Mums, Dummies and "Dirty Dids": The Dummy as a Symbolic Representation of Mothering?
Children & Society, v22 n4 p278-290 Jul 2008
The bio medical expert literature, although contested, associates the use of dummies, soothers or pacifiers, with illness, dental malformation, impaired speech and language, and working-class mothering. This article suggests this negative perspective has filtered, via experts and the media, into public narratives of "good" mothering. Interviews with 20 disadvantaged mothers demonstrate the complex negotiations undertaken to integrate dummy use into their personal "good-mothering" narratives. Representing their hitherto ignored voices in the dummy debate allows a consideration of the context of, and influences on, dummy use. The article argues that rather than a symbol of inadequate working-class mothering, dummy use is a complex, highly negotiated, situated mothering practice.
Descriptors: Mothers, Parenting Skills, Interviews, Disadvantaged, Ability, Working Class, Child Rearing, Parent Child Relationship, Literary Criticism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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