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Raising Children in Strangeness


Goetze, C, Raising Children in Strangeness, Troubling Motherhood: Maternality in Global Politics, Oxford University Press, LB Hall, AL Weissman and LJ Shepherd (ed), New York, pp. 214-232. ISBN 9780190939182 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]


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DOI: doi:10.1093/oso/9780190939182.001.0001


Raising children in strangeness throws up multiple dilemmas for mothers, especially if they are working. Living abroad, raising children in multinational and multilingual families, and at the same time jockeying work–life balances within families require constant negotiation of claims for equality and demands for difference. Such dilemmas are reinforced if mothering is dependent on the care of another woman, the nanny. Drawing on auto-ethnographic observations, this chapter discusses how cosmopolitan competence allows living (yet not solving) such dilemmas. Cosmopolitan attitudes in mothering allow the mother’s position to be accepted as strange in her own family and social environment; they minoritize the mother’s position toward the nanny and, hence, constitute bridges rather than obstacles to overcome the multiple dilemmas of mothering in strangeness.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:families, ethics of care, cosmopolitanism
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International organisations
UTAS Author:Goetze, C (Dr Catherine Goetze)
ID Code:138681
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-04-21
Last Modified:2022-05-26
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