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Constructing Motherhood and Daughterhood Across the Lifespan


Edited By Allison M. Alford and Michelle Miller-Day

Constructing Motherhood and Daughterhood Across the Lifespan explores the complex dynamics between mother and daughter over the lifespan. The editors believe that these vital family roles are socially and communicatively constructed, shaped, and molded as mothers and daughters navigate, respond to, and negotiate cultural and familial discourses. Aimed at undergraduate students, this timely book includes course activities and discussion questions in every chapter and a complete term syllabus to enhance a professor’s teaching, providing a smooth route for adoption as a course text. The book also builds on and contributes to the critical and theoretical research in family communication, media studies, and gender studies, delving into the nuanced communication surrounding motherhood and daughterhood in the United States.

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Names: Alford, Allison M., editor. | Miller-Day, Michelle, editor. Title: Constructing motherhood and daughterhood across the lifespan / edited by Allison M. Alford and Michelle Miller-Day. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Series: Lifespan communication: children, families, and aging; vol. 14 ISSN 2166-6466 (print) | ISSN 2166-6474 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018055021 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6571-9 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4119-5 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4120-1 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-6569-6 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6570-2 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Parent and child. | Mothers and daughters. | Intergenerational relations. Classification: LCC HQ755.85 .C6575 2019 | DDC 306.874/3–dc 23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b10841

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