Portland State University. Department of Anthropology
Martha M. Balshem
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology
Motherhood -- United States -- History, Role expectation, Women -- United States -- Psychology
1 online resource (iv, 52 pages)
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.
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Burke, Shari A., "The Effect of the Ideology of Motherhood on Women" (1995). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4894.