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ERIC Number: EJ866260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Academic Mothers Finding Rhyme and Reason
Pillay, Venitha
Gender and Education, v21 n5 p501-515 Sep 2009
In this paper I argue that the "balancing two lives" approach to motherhood and work has particular limitations for academic mothers. I interrogate the perceived oppositionalities in being mother, traditionally associated with nurturing, love and emotion, and being academic, traditionally associated with reason and logic. My purpose is to show that motherhood needs to be inscribed into intellectual work if the academic mother is to find a wholeness of self. A related point I make is that separating motherhood from intellectual work is tantamount to abandoning thinking and intellectual labour to be the preserve of a masculine terrain from which motherhood, emotion, love, nurturing is excluded. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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