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Constructing the (M)other

Narratives of Disability, Motherhood, and the Politics of «Normal»

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Edited By Priya Lalvani

Constructing the (M)other is a collection of personal narratives about motherhood in the context of a society in which disability holds a stigmatized position. From multiple vantage points, these autoethnographies reveal how ableist beliefs about disability are institutionally upheld and reified. Collectively they seek to call attention to a patriarchal surveillance of mothering, challenge the trope of the good mother, and dismantle the constructed hierarchy of acceptable children. The stories contained in this volume are counter-narratives of resistance—they are the devices through which mothers push back. Rejecting notions of the otherness of their children, in these essays, mothers negotiate their identities and claim access to the category of normative motherhood. Readers are likely to experience dissonance, have their assumptions about disability challenged, and find their parameters of normalcy transformed.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Control Number: 2019014328

Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the ‘‘Deutsche Nationalbibliografie’’; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/.

ISSN 1548-7210

ISBN 978-1-4331-6973-1 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4331-6974-8 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-4331-6978-6 (ebook pdf)

ISBN 978-1-4331-6979-3 (epub)

ISBN 978-1-4331-6980-9 (mobi)

DOI 10.3726/b15664

© 2019 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York

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