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Mothers on Mothers

Maternal Readings of Popular Television

Rebecca Feasey

From Supernanny to Gilmore Girls, from Katie Price to Holly Willoughby, a wide range of examples of mothers and motherhood appear on television today. Drawing on questionnaires completed by mothers across the UK, this book sheds new light on the varied and diverse ways in which expectant, new and existing mothers make sense of popular representations of motherhood on television. The volume examines the ways in which these women find pleasure, empowerment, escapist fantasy, displeasure and frustration in popular depictions of motherhood. The research seeks to present the voice of the maternal audience and, as such, it takes as its starting point those maternal depictions and motherwork representations that are highlighted by this demographic, including figures such as Tess Daly and Katie Hopkins and programmes like TeenMom and Kirstie Allsopp’s œuvre.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • Film, TV & radio (AP)
      • Films, cinema (APF)
        • Film: styles & genres (APFN)
  • Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Communication studies (GTC)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Media studies (JFD)
        • TV & society (JFDT)
      • Social groups (JFS)
        • Gender studies, gender groups (JFSJ)
          • Gender studies: women (JFSJ1)

BISAC Classifications

  • Art (ART)
    • ART / Business Aspects (ART043000)
  • Performing Arts (PER)
    • Film & Video (PER004)
      • PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General (PER004000)
    • Television (PER010)
      • PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General (PER010000)
    • PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General (PER011000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies (SOC028000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Performing arts (AT)
      • Films, cinema (ATF)
        • Film: styles & genres (ATFN)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Communication studies (GTC)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Media studies (JBCT)
          • Media studies: TV & society (JBCT2)
      • Social groups (JBS)
        • Gender studies, gender groups (JBSF)
          • Gender studies: women & girls (JBSF1)
  • Interest qualifiers (5)
    • Intended for specific groups (5J)
      • Intended specifically for women and/or girls (5JA)