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Mum's the word: advice to Australian mothers since 1945


Pascoe Leahy, C, Mum's the word: advice to Australian mothers since 1945, Journal of Family Studies, 21, (3) pp. 218-234. ISSN 1322-9400 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13229400.2015.1063444


Mothers of today have available to them an unprecedented quantity and variety of information concerning the process of conceiving, bearing, birthing and raising a child. Yet it is only a little more than half a century ago that mothers were firmly convinced of the authority of maternal instinct. From experiential knowledge shared verbally amongst female relatives and friends, to a profusion of ‘expert’ information accessible virtually and instantaneously, the ways women learn about mothering have shifted dramatically over the past 70 years. Drawing upon oral history interviews and historical child-rearing material, this article illuminates shifts in the source, content and transmission of advice to Australian mothers since 1945.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, mother, advice, child-rearing, motherhood, Australia, oral history, child-rearing advice
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Pascoe Leahy, C (Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy)
ID Code:148739
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-02-04
Last Modified:2022-03-15

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