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Writing the Motherline

Mothers, Daughters, and Education

Edited by Leigh M. O'Brien and Beth Blue Swadener - Contributions by Beth Blue Swadener; Sue Novinger; Ann Monroe-Baillargeon; Suzanne Lamorey; Emile Bloch Sondel; Marianne Nieman Bloch; Janice Jipson; Jennifer Jipson; Martha L. Whitaker; Erin L. Schmidt; Caroline Sotello Turner; Ruby GabrielleHarris; Gabriella Sotello Garcia; Mary Louise Gomez; Elizabeth Gomez Sasse; Anna-Ruth Allen; Katherine Clinton; Blue Swadener and Mara Sapon-Shevin

In this co-edited volume, women educators figuratively gather in "the red tent" (Diamant, 1997) to share stories of the inseparability of what they do as mothers of daughters (and grandmothers of granddaughters) from their work as educators and social activists. By acting and speaking jointly and publicly about their varying "projects" of mothering and educating, this work celebrates mothers' and daughters' strengths and the bonds between them.

This work considers the mother-daughter bond through maternal storytelling or narrative and the Motherline. The narratives foreground the theory that a strong mother-daughter connection leads to empowerment, and attempt to link that connection with education as grand/mother-educators and their grand/daughters weave their personal and professional lives into an ever-evolving tapestry.

Drawing from a range of feminist theories in action, contributors to this volume offer stories of the Motherlines that illuminate the complexities of these powerful relationships. Using counter-narratives to patriarchal framings of family, this collection affirms the power of women educators telling and reading their stories as a means of self-discovery, empowerment, and, ultimately, cultural transformation.
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University Press of America
Pages: 192Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-0-7618-3506-6 • Hardback • September 2006 • $74.00 • (£49.95)
978-0-7618-3507-3 • Paperback • October 2006 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
Leigh M. O'Brien is Associate Professor of Education at Montclair State University. She earned her B.S., M.Ed., and D. Ed. from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an accomplished author with numerous published scholarly articles. Beth Blue Swadener is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the co-author of Power and Voice in Research with Children and Decolonizing Research in Cross-Cultural Context; and is the author of numerous scholarly journal articles on education.
Part 1 Introduction: Women Educators in the Red Tent
Part 2 Section One: Critical Experience of Teacher Educators Mothering and Grandmothering Girls
Chapter 3 1. My Daughter, My Self: On Being a Teacher Educator and the Mother of a Daughter with "Special Needs"
Chapter 4 2. Being Hannah's Grandma: Negotiating the Intersections between Grandmothering and Teaching
Chapter 5 3. Moral Feminists: Caring for Themselves and Others
Chapter 6 4. Stories I Tell My Daughter
Part 7 Section Two: The Impacts of Academe on Two Generations of Women
Chapter 8 5. Cultural Histories and Multi-generational Tales: The Power of Stories by Mothers and Their Daughters
Chapter 9 6. Two Sides of the Story: Living an Academic Life
Chapter 10 7. Two Gendered Journeys: Finding Our Way(s)
Chapter 11 8. Mothers and Daughters Address Inequities: From Our Spheres of Influence
Part 12 Section Three: Teaching, Learning, and Living Social Justice Activism
Chapter 13 9. Square Pegs in Hand-Crafted Holes: Developing Caring Teaching-Students Relations in U.S. Secondary Schools
Chapter 14 10. Who Could be Against Social Justice? Reflections of Our First Twenty Years Together in Activism
Chapter 15 11. Ferocious Tenderness: Passing on a Legacy of Activism or the Nazis are Marching and My Daughter Wants to Protest