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Resisting and constructing the good mother ideal: negotiation and knowledge in interactions between mothers and child health nurses

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Shepherd, M and Natalier, K and Willis, K, Resisting and constructing the good mother ideal: negotiation and knowledge in interactions between mothers and child health nurses, Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, 26-29 November 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-0-646-58783-7 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

In this paper we analyse mothersí and child health nursesí negotiations around conformity and resistance to the dominant discourse of the good mother, with a specific focus on the use of knowledge and authority in interaction. We draw upon data generated through 12 observations of consultations between child health nurses and low-income mothers and fathers, 12 interviews with child health nurses and 13 interviews with low-income mothers. Many interactions affirmed the importance of following expert knowledge, but we also find evidence of resistance by mothers, who privilege their experiential knowledge over medical knowledge. This resistance de-stabilises expert knowledge without re-constituting the good mother discourse.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:the good mother, child health nurses, authority, resistance
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Family and Household Studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Families and Family Services
Author:Shepherd, M (Mrs Marie Shepherd)
Author:Natalier, K (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:80822
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-11-13
Last Modified:2018-03-15
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