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Images of Childhood in Mothers' Accounts of Contemporary Childrearing

Murphy, Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Murphy Elizabeth.Murphy@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

This article examines how a sample of first-time mothers in the UK constitute childhood in general, and their own children in particular, in and through their talk about the mundane practices of child-care. The data analysed are drawn from a longitudinal qualitative interview study which followed a sample of mothers from late pregnancy until their babies were two years old. The analysis explores links between mothers’ representations of childhood and the actualities of their child-rearing practices. The extent to which both the representations of childhood and the practices of individual mothers are consistent or contradictory, and change or remain constant over time, is also examined.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2007
Journal Childhood
Print ISSN 0907-5682
Electronic ISSN 0907-5682
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14 (1)
Issue 1
Institution Citation Murphy, E. (2007). Images of Childhood in Mothers' Accounts of Contemporary Childrearing. Childhood, 14 (1)(1),
Publisher URL http://chd.sagepub.com
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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