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Родителски практики и управляемост: естественост, женственост и самодостатъчност на съвременната майка
Practices of Parenthood and Governmentality: Naturality, Femininity and Self-Suffi ciency of the Contemporary Mother

Author(s): Maria Martinova
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Social Philosophy, Culture and social structure , Social Theory, Family and social welfare, Policy, planning, forecast and speculation, Sociobiology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: governmentality; mother; technologies of the self; empowerment

Summary/Abstract: This article examines contemporary forms and practices of parenthood. The main focus is on mothers who have regular access to Internet, good education and standard of living. The effort to understand new maternal practices goes through the Foucauldian concepts of governmentality and technologies of the self. The fi gure of the mother is discussed both as important for the biopolitical strategies of the modern family and as a main target of different parental suggestions. New practices devoted to the enforcement of child creativity and adaptivity are regarded as a means to achieve relative security and as a part of the process of inheriting social statuses. Empowerment of the mother is discussed as crucial in these forms of governing the self. Three topics are spotlighted as significant for the self-actualization of the mother and for bringing up 'successful'children. The importance of naturality, femininity and self sufficiency and their specific interpretations and correlations are discussed.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 44/2
  • Page Range: 71-89
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian