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Indifference, Demandingness and Resignation Regarding Support for Childrearing


Maroto-Navarro, Gracia; Castaño-López, Esther; Mar García-Calvente, María del


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Abstract This article explores the maternal experiences of a heterogeneous group of 26 mothers from Granada (Andalusia, Spain). The aim is to analyse the needs and demands that these women express with regard to childrearing, using a qualitative methodology. The authors conducted in-depth interviews and analysed the discourses of the mothers following the hermeneutical method. The variables used for sample selection and the themes that emerged during the interviews revealed that the discourses of the mothers revolve around three dimensions: indifference, demands and resignation regarding support for childrearing. The lack of paternal involvement in childrearing appears as a transversal dimension. This article shows that the material conditions of existence marked the differences in the responses of the women regarding support for childrearing, while the sexual division of labour and gender inequalities unified their discourses.
Thesaurusschlagwörter gender
Freie Schlagwörter health; motherhood; qualitative; social support; Spain;
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2007
Seitenangabe S. 51-67
Zeitschriftentitel European Journal of Women's Studies, 14 (2007) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506807072317
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)