CFS: Mother Issue (J of Family Issues)

Call For Papers- The Mother Issue, Journal of Family Issues Deadline: 2010-06-19

In the past century, there has been a significant body of scholarship committed to defining, exploring, and analyzing the lived and imagined lives of mother(s), as well as, the practices and politics of mothering, and motherhood. The purpose of this special issue of the Journal of Family Issues is to further the discussion dedicated to mother/ing/hood through a critical, interdisciplinary, social science lens. The editors invite submissions which interrogate our societal notions of, policies towards,implications, as well as, performances of mother, mothering, and motherhood from a variety of perspectives which include a range of theoretical and empirically-oriented papers. Critical interrogations which examine the topics mentioned below through the prism of mother/ing/hood conflated with the intersections of race, class, and sexuality are encouraged. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Birth
  • Adoption (Birth and/or Adoptive Mother/ing/hood)
  • Breastfeeding
  • Technologically Assisted Motherhood
  • Surrogacy
  • Work and Mother(hood)
  • Depictions of Mother(hood) in the Media
  • Incarcerated Mothers
  • Mothers with HIV/AIDS
  • Mother(hood) and Substance Abuse
  • Mother(hood) and Sex Work
  • Motherhood and the Law
  • Lesbian Mothers
  • Military Mothers
  • Teen Mothers
  • Feminism and Mother(hood)
  • Disability and Mother(hood)
  • Immigration and Mother/hood/ing
  • Mothers and Vaccination
  • Mothers and Self Help Literature
  • The Social Construction of Motherhood
  • Maternal Depression
  • Mothering Support Networks

Please submit a 250 word abstract by June 19, 2010 to . Upon acceptance of your abstract, final articles are due no later than Dec. 5, 2010. Final papers should not exceed 22 pages and must conform to APA format. Direct all questions to either Nicole Banton,  or Karen Craddock, .

Co-Editors- Nicole Banton, PhD  and Karen Craddock, PhD


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