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Youthful mothering?: Exploring the meaning of adulthood and youthfulness within the maternal identity work of young Swedish mothers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7257-0956
2018 (English)In: Feminism and Psychology, ISSN 0959-3535, E-ISSN 1461-7161, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 355-372Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we explore meanings of adulthood and youthfulness in relation to notions of life course, good motherhood, and girlhood among young mothers in Sweden. Our analysis was informed by a discursive psychological approach and was based on interview conversations with 17 mothers who were 13–25 years old at the birth of their first child. In our analysis, we identified two repertoires – the ‘social age’ repertoire and the ‘chronological age’ repertoire. The interviewees invoked the two repertoires to position themselves and others as either responsible adult mothers or as responsible youthful mothers. Meanings of adulthood are central within the idea of motherhood, and by deviating from their expected life course young mothers are often understood as non-adults who are incapable of fulfilling the developmental task of motherhood. Our work suggests that the maternal identity work of young mothers takes place within discourses of both adulthood and youthfulness.

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London: Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 28, no 3, p. 355-372
Keywords [en]
adulthood, youth, developmental task, life course, motherhood, young motherhood
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150553DOI: 10.1177/0959353518784614ISI: 000441281700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150553DiVA, id: diva2:1238105
Available from: 2018-08-12 Created: 2018-08-12 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved

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