Writing the Motherline: Mothers, Daughters, and Education by Leigh M. O'brienWriting the Motherline: Mothers, Daughters, and Education by Leigh M. O'brien

Writing the Motherline: Mothers, Daughters, and Education

EditorLeigh M. O'brien, Beth Blue SwadenerContribution byBeth Blue Swadener

Paperback | October 2, 2006

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In this co-edited volume, women educators figuratively gather in 'the red tent' (Diamant, 1997) to share stories of the inseparability of what they do as mothers of daughters (and grandmothers of granddaughters) from their work as educators and social activists. By acting and speaking jointly and publicly about their varying 'projects' of mothering and educating, this work celebrates mothers' and daughters' strengths and the bonds between them. This work considers the mother-daughter bond through maternal storytelling or narrative and the Motherline. The narratives foreground the theory that a strong mother-daughter connection leads to empowerment, and attempt to link that connection with education as grand/mother-educators and their grand/daughters weave their personal and professional lives into an ever-evolving tapestry. Drawing from a range of feminist theories in action, contributors to this volume offer stories of the Motherlines that illuminate the complexities of these powerful relationships. Using counter-narratives to patriarchal framings of family, this collection affirms the power of women educators telling and reading their stories as a means of self-discovery, empowerment, and, ultimately, cultural transformation.
Leigh M. O'Brien is Associate Professor of Education at Montclair State University. She earned her B.S., M.Ed., and D. Ed. from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an accomplished author with numerous published scholarly articles. Beth Blue Swadener is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University. She receiv...
Title:Writing the Motherline: Mothers, Daughters, and EducationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 9.11 × 6.07 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:9.11 × 6.07 × 0.63 inPublished:October 2, 2006Publisher:UPALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0761835075

ISBN - 13:9780761835073


Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction: Women Educators in the Red Tent Part 2 Section One: Critical Experience of Teacher Educators Mothering and Grandmothering Girls Chapter 3 1. My Daughter, My Self: On Being a Teacher Educator and the Mother of a Daughter with "Special Needs" Chapter 4 2. Being Hannah's Grandma: Negotiating the Intersections between Grandmothering and Teaching Chapter 5 3. Moral Feminists: Caring for Themselves and Others Chapter 6 4. Stories I Tell My Daughter Part 7 Section Two: The Impacts of Academe on Two Generations of Women Chapter 8 5. Cultural Histories and Multi-generational Tales: The Power of Stories by Mothers and Their Daughters Chapter 9 6. Two Sides of the Story: Living an Academic Life Chapter 10 7. Two Gendered Journeys: Finding Our Way(s) Chapter 11 8. Mothers and Daughters Address Inequities: From Our Spheres of Influence Part 12 Section Three: Teaching, Learning, and Living Social Justice Activism Chapter 13 9. Square Pegs in Hand-Crafted Holes: Developing Caring Teaching-Students Relations in U.S. Secondary Schools Chapter 14 10. Who Could be Against Social Justice? Reflections of Our First Twenty Years Together in Activism Chapter 15 11. Ferocious Tenderness: Passing on a Legacy of Activism or the Nazis are Marching and My Daughter Wants to Protest