The "Good" Mother: Ideology, Identity, and Performance

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The purpose of this study is to understand the power and influence of the institution of motherhood and how it is shaped by culture. More specifically this research explores the ideology that shapes our understanding of the good mother in the contemporary United States; how this ideology affects the way mothers view their identity; and how both the ideology and identity shape actions and performance. Twenty women were interviewed in North Texas and the results were: first, this group of mothers recognizes the ideology of the good mother, but does not accept all components of this ideology; next, the identity ... continued below

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Vigil, Jennifer M. December 2012.

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The purpose of this study is to understand the power and influence of the institution of motherhood and how it is shaped by culture. More specifically this research explores the ideology that shapes our understanding of the good mother in the contemporary United States; how this ideology affects the way mothers view their identity; and how both the ideology and identity shape actions and performance. Twenty women were interviewed in North Texas and the results were: first, this group of mothers recognizes the ideology of the good mother, but does not accept all components of this ideology; next, the identity of mother is the primary identity for most of these women; and, last, performance is most greatly influenced by socio-economic status and the support system that mothers have in place.

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Vigil, Jennifer M. The "Good" Mother: Ideology, Identity, and Performance, thesis, December 2012; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc177262/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .