Shadow Mothers

Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering

Author: Cameron Lynne Macdonald

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520947819

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Shadow Mothers shines new light on an aspect of contemporary motherhood often hidden from view: the need for paid childcare by women returning to the workforce, and the complex bonds mothers forge with the "shadow mothers" they hire. Cameron Lynne Macdonald illuminates both sides of an unequal and complicated relationship. Based on in-depth interviews with professional women and childcare providers— immigrant and American-born nannies as well as European au pairs—Shadow Mothers locates the roots of individual skirmishes between mothers and their childcare providers in broader cultural and social tensions. Macdonald argues that these conflicts arise from unrealistic ideals about mothering and inflexible career paths and work schedules, as well as from the devaluation of paid care work.

Shadow Mothers

Stories of Adoption and Reunion

Author: Linda Back McKay

Publisher: North Star Pressof st Cloud

ISBN: 9780878391295

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 155

View: 6463


Too Close for Comfort?

Questioning the Intimacy of Today's New Mother-Daughter Relationship

Author: Linda Perlman Gordon,Susan Shaffer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101133643

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

View: 1051

A fascinating look at how mothers and their adult daughters have formed a greater friendship than generations past?and whether or not their should be boundaries. No relationship is more complicated than the one between mothers and daughters? especially today, when a cultural shift can cause a longer period of time of overlapping interests before the traditional adult markers of marriage and family. As a result, these young women are developing deeper bonds with their own mothers, a relationship that sometimes mimics friendship. But are these close bonds healthy? Is it time to cut the umbilical cord? In this eye-opening book, Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer explore the modern mother-daughter relationship in all its glorious complexity. Combining a brilliant sociological analysis with fascinating stories of real- life women, Too Close for Comfort? provides a rich, provocative look at the ways mothers and daughters get it right, how they get it wrong?and how they can happily maintain being friends as well as mothers and daughters.


Author: Lena Landauer

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9082864002

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

View: 6832

Holland, Amsterdam and Paris are where the story unfolds. The novel takes you from WWII to the social movements of the 60's and 70's, and propels you right into the existential crossroads of the present day. In Shadowmothers the world is shown as it appears to three women in their youth. They are looking to find their way, full of questions, discovering how the legacy of a past generation can profoundly influence their own lives. This story is also about the meaning of freedom. With every generation its character changes radically Penny's life as a hidden child is full of fear and unanswered questions. In 1944 she survives the violence of war during the liberation of Europe. In the early 70's Liane struggles for her personal spot in a commune and finds out that adult ideals often harbor conflictual ambitions. In 2005 Edith suffers from an intense case of impassioned adolescent love, leaving her mother Liane and nana Penny to pick up the inevitable broken pieces Five years later a grim event wipes every bit of ordinary reality out of their existence.

Working in the Service Society

Author: Cameron Lynne Macdonald,Carmen Sirianni

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566394802

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 362

View: 8548

Essays and case studies on "the problems of organizing and new models of unionism ... in the context of women's work culture, multiracial workplaces, contingent and part-time work, and participatory innovations to improve service and experience of work simultaneously."--Back cover.

Romancing the Shadow

A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life

Author: Connie Zweig,Steven Wolf

Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine

ISBN: 9780307559487

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

View: 6253

Beneath the social mask we wear every day, we have a hidden shadow side: an impulsive, wounded, sad, or isolated part that we generally try to ignore, but which can erupt in hurtful ways. As therapists Connie Zweig and Steve Wolf show in this landmark book, the shadow can actually be a source of emotional richness and vitality, and acknowledging it can be a pathway to healing and an authentic life. "Romancing the shadow"--meeting your dark side, beginning to understand its unconscious messages, and learning to use its powerful energies in productive ways--is the challenging and exciting soul work that Zweig and Wolf offer in this practical, rewarding guide. Drawing on the timeless teachings of Carl Jung and compelling stories from their clinical practices, Zweig and Wolf reveal how the shadow guides your choices in love, sex, marriage, friendship, work, and family life. With their innovative method, you can uncover the unique patterns and purpose of your shadow and learn to defuse negative emotions; reclaim forbidden or lost feelings; achieve greater self-acceptance; heal betrayal; reimagine and re-create relationships; cultivate compassion for others; renew creative expressions; and find purpose in your suffering. The shadow knows why good people sometimes do bad things. Romancing the shadow and learning to read the messages it encodes in daily life can deepen your consciousness, imagination, and soul. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Shadow Mother

Author: Sean Virgo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780888999719

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 4851

A man who falls in love with a Selkie, a seal that sheds its skin and comes ashore as a woman, hides her skin in a chest so that she won't return to the sea, and it remains there until their son discovers the chest on his tenth birthday.

Her Mother's Shadow

Author: Diane Chamberlain

Publisher: MIRA

ISBN: 148805312X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4106

Get swept up in the continuing emotional saga of Kiss River in this final compelling instalment of the Keeper of the Light trilogy, from New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain. Annie A loving mother and wife, Annie O’Neill was the heart of the small community of Kiss River. But her generous nature hid a darker side that remained secret for years after her tragic death. Lacey When Lacey O’Neill finally learns the shattering truth about the mother she’s spent a decade emulating, the foundation of her life begins to crumble. Then her close childhood friend dies, leaving her teenage daughter, Mackenzie, in Lacey’s care, and Lacey unwillingly finds herself in the role of mother. Mackenzie Uprooted by her mother’s death, Mackenzie resents her new home of Kiss River. She wants nothing to do with the father who never knew she existed—and especially not her mother’s oldest friend. But the person who could understand her best might be the one she resents most: Lacey. Originally published in 2004

The Demands of Motherhood

Agents, Roles and Recognition

Author: L. Smyth

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137010258

Category: Social Science

Page: 178

View: 5817

Drawing on qualitative interviews with forty middle-class mothers living in Northern Ireland and the US, this book explores the strategies women adopt, as they take on and creatively re-make motherhood in ways which allow them to cope.


Complete in 27 Volumes. Biographies and miscellanies

Author: Washington Irving

Publisher: N.A



Page: 579

View: 9785


Mother & Child

A Novel

Author: Carole Maso

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1619020904

Category: Fiction

Page: 287

View: 2614

A mediation on life and death, being and non-being, and the intense mystery and beauty of existence, Masos new novel follows a mother and child as they roam through wondrous and increasingly dangerous psychic and physical terrain A great wind comes, an ancient tree splits in half and a bat, or is it an angel, enters the house where the mother and child sleep, and in an instant a world of relentless change, of spectacular consequences, of submerged memory, and uncanny intimations is set into motion. It is as if a veil has lifted, and what was once hidden is now in plain sight in all its splendor and terror as the mother and child are asked to bear enormous transformations and a terrible wisdom almost impossible to fathom. As the outside can no longer be separated from the inside, nor dream from reality, the mother and child continue, encountering along the way all kinds of characters and creatures as they move through a surreal world of grace and dread to the end. The bond between Mother and Child is untouchable, unrealizable until it is lost, and this meditation pushes the envelope, inching ever closer to touching it, to realizing it.

The Mother Shadow

Author: Melodie Johnson Howe

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453289771

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

View: 7664

Edgar Award Finalist: After a suicide, two oddball female sleuths investigate a coin collection that is anything but small change. Maggie Hill’s life has become temporary. Her marriage was temporary, her jobs are temporary, and if work doesn’t pick up, her time in California might be temporary, too. Her latest employer is Ellis Kenilworth, an aging coin expert with a first-rate collection and a tenth-rate family. One morning, he has Maggie type up a codicil to his will, changing the document so that his million-dollar rare-coin collection goes not to his kin, but to a woman named Claire Conrad. By the end of the day, the codicil has vanished, and Kenilworth has killed himself with a shotgun. When the hyena-like family starts to circle Maggie, she reaches out to Conrad. The heiress is an eccentric private detective who wears only black and white—and whose sense of honesty is as clear-cut as her wardrobe. Together, they fight to protect an old man’s final wish, battling against a family so greedy that they would steal the coins right out of the dead man’s hand.

The Shadow of the Second Mother

Nurses and nannies in theories of infant development

Author: Prophecy Coles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317578368

Category: Psychology

Page: 136

View: 3627

The Shadow of the "Second Mother" explores why has there been such little interest, in psychology, social history and biography, in the important contribution that ‘second mothers’, such as wet nurses and nannies, have had upon the emotional life of the children they have nursed. For the last three thousand years and throughout most civilisations they have nurtured the children of the privileged, and kept alive the abandoned and unwanted child, and yet there has been a profound silence surrounding the influence they may have had. The author explores the lives of several well-known people who have been wet nursed, such as Michelangelo, Rousseau, Jack London, Nabokov and Klein. She speculates that they all were affected emotionally by their ‘second mother’, and concludes that a universal feature of such delegated mothering seems to be that the bond between mother and child is broken, and the child may be left with a life-long distrust of close relationships. In The Shadow of the "Second Mother", Coles combines an exploration of attachment theory with neurology, making it possible to give an explanation as to why these important figures have lain unnamed and ignored in our social and psychological consciousness. This intriguing new approach to an ancient practice will be fascinating reading for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, sociologist and students of social history.

Infinite Moons, Infinite Suns

Author: Gabriella Bianco,Robert Steve Bingham

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469127377

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 69

View: 6061

In this precious poetic autobiography, Gabriella Bianco not only tells the final hour of an existencethat of her son Robert Steve but also the loss of a great love, in a world full of absences. Gabriella Bianco challenges her destiny, inviting us to the caducity of all that surrounds usfeelings, love, life and even the most precious gift, a son. In the loving relation not only with language and poetry, but also with the drama of life, Bianco needs to reveal a secrether sons deathand share it with her sons father, as a moral and absolute duty. From the point of view of the truth and the death of a child, this text is sacred, although, refusing to take the place of the victim under the circumstances, Bianco knowslike all tragic heroes that nothing different would have been possible with her destiny. This valuable literary narration reaches a deeply dramatic effect, as it is so painfully connected to a vital experience. The story always speaks about love, charging this word with immense emotion, whispering words in their agonizing beauty. Bianco tells us what she knows about herself and about the facts, digging in her own soul, with perplexity and nostalgia. In this story, the past is a split mirror, where nothing turned out to be the same. Here the theme of love has the marks of time and renunciation, the mark of destiny. In this narration, Bianco reaches a balance of great beauty, between said and unspoken words, between suggested and explicit thoughts, in a great richness of nuances, when the text turns unstable, facing the emotions stirred up by this testimony.

The Sage of Aquarius

Author: Patrick Valentine

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465333118

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

View: 8545

The Sage of Aquarius This tale begins tomorrow. The over-populated and ravaged earth is gasping for breaths while corporations and criminals dominate the earths scant resources and its troubled humans. When a quirky prodigy builds a computer that communicates with the metaphysical realm he inadvertently sets a chain of corrective measures into motion. An improbable family of diverse renegades forms for a globe-wide race to escape a power-mad lunatic and their own dark pasts. Our survivors, guided by the planets, discover that love really does heal the past. Mother Nature, however, has her own agenda.


Author: Isaac Adamson

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1593764790

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 4442

Searching for his missing brother in Prague, an American encounters a world of killers, gangsters, and ancient mysteries in a “satisfyingly twisted tale” (Publishers Weekly). When American collections agent Lee Holloway receives a letter from a mysterious woman named Vera concerning his missing brother Paul, curiosity takes him to Prague in search of answers. But what he finds in the historic city’s looming shadows and cobbled streets is a mind-bending world of conspiracy and danger. A world where black magic and sixteenth-century alchemy aren’t just footnotes in history books. A world where gangsters with fairy-tale names and a bloodthirsty serial killer exist alongside grim reminders of Nazi invasion. And where a priceless watch named The Rudolph Complication—commissioned by an eccentric Roman emperor—is rumored to hold the secret to eternal life. As Lee delves deeper into the question of Paul’s fate, he discovers unsettling truths about his brother . . . and himself. Now Lee must unravel the tangled threads of Paul’s last days if he wants to escape the ancient city alive. Echoing with ghosts and mythic monsters from Europe’s storied past, this is a heart-pumping thrill ride into the very heart of darkness.

Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives

The Power of Race, Class, and Gender

Author: Natalia Sarkisian,Naomi Gerstel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136497471

Category: Social Science

Page: 86

View: 1416

Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives shows how the current emphasis on the nuclear family – with its exclusion of the extended family – is narrow, even deleterious, and misses much of family life. This omission is tied to gender, race, and class. This book is broken down into six chapters. Chapter one discusses how, when promoting "family values" and talking about "family as the basic unit of American society," social commentators, politicians, and social scientists alike typically ignore extended kin ties and focus only on the nuclear family. Chapters two and three show that the focus on marriage and the nuclear family is a narrow view that ignores the familial practices and experiences of many Americans – particularly those of women who do much of the work of maintaining kin ties and racial/ethnic minorities for whom extended kin are centrally important. Chapter four focuses on class and economic inequality and explores how an emphasis on the nuclear family may actually promulgate a vision of family life that dismisses the very social resources and community ties that are critical to the survival strategies of those in need. In chapter five, the authors argue that marriage actually detracts from social integration and ties to broader communities. Finally, in chapter six, the authors suggest that the focus on marriage and the nuclear family and the inattention to the extended family distort and reduce the power of social policy in the United States.

Zeit der Schwalben

Author: Nikola Scott

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644200157

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 4669

Ein Sommer, der alles verändert Es ist ein goldener Sommer im England der späten 50er Jahre: Die 16-jährige Elizabeth ist begeistert von den jungen Leuten, die sie auf dem Anwesen der Freunde ihrer Eltern in Sussex kennenlernt. Sie erlebt unbeschwerte Tage mit Ausflügen, Picknicks und Partys. Und sie verliebt sich prompt ... London, 40 Jahre später. Nach dem Unfalltod ihrer Mutter erhält Adele Harington einen mysteriösen Anruf: Ein Mann spricht von «neuen Spuren» und nennt immer wieder ein Datum. Und dann steht plötzlich eine Fremde vor der Tür und behauptet, Teil der Familie zu sein ...

War Is Just Another Day

Author: Jon T. Powell,Gentian A.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465393838

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 281

View: 5707

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