The Myth of the
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A „jó anya” mítosza Magyarországon a reproduktív munka és a piac globális történetének szempontjából
The Myth of the "Good Mother" in Hungary from the Perspective of the Global History of Reproductive Labour and the Market

Author(s): Gergely Csányi, Szabina Kerényi
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, History, Social Sciences, Economy, Gender Studies, Cultural history, Sociology, Economic history, Social history, Gender history, Political economy, Family and social welfare, Demography and human biology, Welfare services, Social Norms / Social Control
Published by: Fordulat
Keywords: Theory of the soul; Foucault; world-system analysis; social myth;social mythology;Global history;reproductive labour;social reproduction;

Summary/Abstract: Based on Foucault’s theory of the soul, as well as the methodological insights of Fernand Braudel and world-systems analysis, in our paper we demonstrate how the myths of the good and the bad mother were created by certain actors during the various cycles of the capitalist world system, and how these myths have been embedded into the logic of capitalistic accumulation. We show how these myths, on the one hand, contributed to securing the unpaid reproductive labour necessitated by accumulation, and on the other hand, supported a new market segment from the 19th century onwards. First we present an outline of the history of the myth of the good mother at the core of the world system, then we summarise the socialist myth of the good mother. Finally, we use empirical examples to illustrate the contemporary Hungarian myth of the good mother.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 134-160
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Hungarian