The Polish Mother on the defensive? The transformation of the myth and its impact on the motherhood of Polish women Cover Image

The Polish Mother on the defensive? The transformation of the myth and its impact on the motherhood of Polish women
The Polish Mother on the defensive? The transformation of the myth and its impact on the motherhood of Polish women

Author(s): Agnieszka Imbierowicz
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica
Keywords: Polish Mother; national myth; motherhood; woman; transformation of value systems; postmodernity

Summary/Abstract: The subject of this presentation is the attempt to define and to present the origins, socio-cultural content and the evolution of The Polish Mother myth, present in the polish national consciousness. The author tries to show how this myth was born, what functions it fulfilled and what forms it took in the changing historical and social reality, from the moment of loss of independence, through a period of real socialism, until the present day. The impact of this myth in the lives of real women and their motherhood is taken into consideration. Then, the author comparing the results of the latest polish sociological researches on the family and its transformation, and transformation of value systems together with theories about the specifics of life in the period of postmodernity, wonders whether it’s time to deconstruct the myth of The Polish Mother, because it does not fit the conditions of today’s world, which is characterized, above all, by the apotheosis of individuality, self-realization and freedom, or perhaps in polish society there is still strong traditionalism in thinking about motherhood, and the myth of The Polish Mother is still alive?

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 140-153
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English