Feminist Studies Journal: Re-inventing Mothers
From the preface to the issue:
Recent years have produced startling changes in the practices of motherhood, an institution always historically conditioned but now reshaped by postmillennial technologies and neoliberal economics. This issue of Feminist Studies brings together a number of important essays that together illustrate, analyze, and critique current developments in a range of social and historical contexts. Their geographical sites include Egypt, India, and the United States–assisted reproduction clinics, surrogate mothers’ hostels, Ghanaian-American kitchens, child custody courts, rural garbage dumps, breastfeeding chairs, and mothers’ beds. They address who can be a mother, the gendering of parents and children, how states seek to limit and to enforce motherhood,
and what social choices determine who pays the costs and privileges of parenthood.