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Perceptions of Motherhood: Ideologies, Expectations and Experiences of Older Mothers in the Suburbs of North Arlington County, Virginia

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dc.contributor.advisor Seligmann, Linda J.
dc.contributor.author Munson, Anne Marie
dc.creator Munson, Anne Marie
dc.date 2015-04-29
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-19T12:44:54Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-19T12:44:54Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-19
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9764
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes perceptions of women in the suburbs of North Arlington County, Virginia, who chose to become a mother after the age of 35. It discusses how women who are older mothers view themselves and their identities in the context of the larger community of mothers in a white, upper-class community in North Arlington County, Virginia. This research explores the notion that socioeconomic indicators such as age, education, financial security, and social class structure a woman’s positioning in the social space in which the cultivation of specific mothering communities take place. While similarities in mothering practices exist, the concept of age as a defining role in the formation of distinctive motherhood groups within the realm of common ground is observed and explored. It is often within these communities that mothers develop a sense of maternal identity—one that is influenced by socially-driven norms and values as well as individual and personalized practice. Unique characteristics of older motherhood are considered to understand the ways in which practice is shaped. These include career choices, financial security, planning for retirement and college funding simultaneously, caring for elderly or aging parents.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject motherhood en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject mothering ideology en_US
dc.subject older mothers en_US
dc.subject mother communities en_US
dc.subject mothering practices en_US
dc.title Perceptions of Motherhood: Ideologies, Expectations and Experiences of Older Mothers in the Suburbs of North Arlington County, Virginia en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Anthropology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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