Portland State University. Department of Anthropology.
Martha M. Balshem
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology
1 online resource (iv, 52 p.)
Motherhood -- United States -- History, Role expectation, Women -- United States -- Psychology
The ideology of motherhood in the United States makes it seem as though motherhood is a natural role for women. The ideology holds mothers solely responsible for the well being of their children. Combined with the ideology of blaming the victim, the ideology of motherhood causes a great deal of guilt in women as mothers cannot possibly live up to the unrealistic expectations set up in the culture. In this study, I have used two case studies to illustrate the impact of the ideology of motherhood on the lives of these particular women. Utilizing the theories of Michel Foucault and Antonio Gramsci, I will show how the ideology is constructed, internalized, and enforced in the United States.
Burke, Shari A., "The Effect of the Ideology of Motherhood on Women" (1995). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4894.