Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-231) and index.
The transformation of mothering / Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva -- Deconstructing motherhood / Carol Smart -- Mothering and social responsibilities in a cross-cultural perspective / Henrietta L. Moore -- Diversity in patterns of parenting and household formation / Carolyn Baylies -- Mothers, workers, wives : comparing policy approaches to supporting lone mothers / Jane Millar -- Rational economic man or lone mothers in context? : the uptake of paid work / Rosalind Edwards and Simon Duncan -- Parental responsibility : the reassertion of private patriarchy? / Lorraine M. Fox Harding -- Social anxieties about lone motherhood and ideologies of the family : two sides of the same coin / Mary McIntosh -- Debates on disruption : what happens to the children of lone parents / Louis Burghes -- Social constructions of lone motherhood : a case of competing discourses / Anne Phoenix -- Unpalatable choices and inadequate families : lone mothers and the underclass debate / Sasha Roseneil and Kirk Mann.
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An engaging collection of accounts of historial patterns of mothering and ideologies of the family. Includes cross-national comparisons of policies and experience of lone motherhood in developed and developing countries.