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Mothering through Precarity: Women's Work and Digital Media
by Julie A. Wilson and Emily Chivers Yochim
Duke University Press, 2017
Paper: 978-0-8223-6347-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8223-7319-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8223-6336-1
Library of Congress Classification HQ759.W527 2017

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Mothering through Precarity Julie A. Wilson and Emily Chivers Yochim explore how working- and middle-class mothers negotiate the difficulties of twenty-first-century mothering through their everyday engagement with digital media. From Facebook and Pinterest to couponing, health, and parenting websites, the women Wilson and Yochim study rely upon online resources and communities for material and emotional support. Feeling responsible for their family's economic security, these women often become "mamapreneurs," running side businesses out of their homes. They also feel the need to provide for their family's happiness, making successful mothering dependent upon economic and emotional labor. Questioning these standards of motherhood, Wilson and Yochim demonstrate that mothers' work is inseparable from digital media as it provides them the means for sustaining their families through such difficulties as health scares, underfunded schools, a weakening social safety net, and job losses.

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