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dc.contributor.authorVaradi, Amber-Lee
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-31T13:29:31Z
dc.date.available2019-07-31T13:29:31Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/14398
dc.description.abstractWithin a public consciousness informed by mythological beliefs in meritocracy, postracialism, and postfeminism, youth pregnancy continues to be socially recognized as a tragedy, a mistake, and a ‘wrong’ choice resulting from ‘careless’ behaviour, consequently influencing young mothers by shaping and constraining their behaviour, actions, and lifestyle choices (Baker, 2009; Cense & Ganzevoort, 2018; Kelly, 1998, 2000; Luttrell, 2003; SmithBattle, 2007). While today’s postfeminist and neoliberal ethos trivializes and denies the relevance of gender, class, and race, existing literature on young motherhood demonstrates how systems of inequality continue to influence and govern the lives of young mothers. Utilizing a Foucauldian and poststructural feminist lens, this research aims to uncover these inequalities by examining how, where, and why young mothers experience forms of policing. Through semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with 11 young mothers, this research illustrates how existing discourses of ‘good’ motherhood and neoliberal citizenship contribute to young mothers’ lack of resources while also informing existing programs attempting to provide this population with support. Participants conceptualized ‘good’ motherhood through two qualities – ‘being there’ and ‘taking care of herself too.’ This research shows how these qualities both reproduce and resist hegemonic discourses related to normative mothering within contemporary neoliberalism. Findings also reveal how both real and perceived instances of negative and positive judgement resulted in young mothers’ policing and/or self-policing, influencing their behaviours, choices, and self-beliefs. Despite experiences of negative judgement rooted in discourses of youth, mothering, and young motherhood, the participants recognized their parenting as rewarding, consequently resisting the hegemonic narrative of young motherhood as a mistake.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectmotherhooden_US
dc.subjectyouthen_US
dc.subjectpolicingen_US
dc.subjectcritical discourse analysisen_US
dc.subjectyoung mothersen_US
dc.titleThe Policing of Young Motherhooden_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Critical Sociologyen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Sociologyen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Social Sciencesen_US
refterms.dateFOA2021-08-15T01:58:21Z


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