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Iranian motherhood, a cognitive approach, Mohaddeseh Ziyachi

"This book characterises the problematic status of motherhood in present-day Iranian society - that is, problem in the Foucauldian sense of an object of thought and a source of tension, not as a pathological issue - and explains the historical processes contributing to this problematisation. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the author draws on a cognitive anthropological perspective whilst incorporating ethnographic, historical, and evolutionary viewpoints. By applying this perspective to the current cultural model of motherhood, and considering specific social, political, and economic factors in Iran, the author provides an exhaustive, contextualised understanding of the motherhood problem and its multidirectional changes throughout time. The book follows a multi-method framework and combines qualitative ethnographic and auto-ethnographic data with historical evidence and comparative data. As such, it also contributes to the women's movement in Iran by fostering discussion on women's issues and demystifying women's understandings and experiences. The book will appeal to those working in a range of disciplines, including gender studies, cognitive anthropology and Iranian history. Written in non-technical language, and providing insights into the problem of motherhood in comparable contexts, the book will also be of interest to general readers"--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
Cover -- Endorsements -- Half Title -- Series -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Part I Motherhood as a problem -- 1 What does the "problem of motherhood" mean? -- Introduction -- Personal background: the story of the research -- Historical background: the problematisation of motherhood -- Discursive reflection of motherhood's problematicity -- Research questions -- Conclusion -- 2 How to explore motherhood? -- Introduction -- Theoretical approach -- Methodological approach -- Relevance and particularity of the research -- Conclusion -- Part II Problematic aspects of motherhood: a description -- 3 How is motherhood understood? -- Introduction -- The cultural model of motherhood -- Motherhood is a strategy -- Motherhood is conditional -- Motherhood needs desire -- Motherhood needs an appropriate time -- Motherhood needs a good financial condition -- Motherhood needs a stable marital relationship -- Motherhood needs mental and spiritual maturation -- Motherhood needs knowledge -- Motherhood needs a safe and stable social context -- Motherhood is a trade-off -- Motherhood is costly -- Motherhood is beneficial -- Conclusion -- 4 How is motherhood related to other domains? -- Introduction -- The cultural model of children -- Children have material needs -- Children have educational needs -- Children have psychological and spiritual needs -- The cultural model of father(hood) -- The cultural model of parenthood -- Parenthood is a responsibility -- Parenthood is a cooperation -- Conclusion -- 5 Is there any general concept influencing motherhood? -- Introduction -- General-purpose or cross-domain schemas -- Familism -- Sociality -- Children as members of society -- Considering social context -- Individualism -- Motherhood as a choice -- Self-consideration and balance -- Conclusion
Literary form
non fiction
Includes index
Physical description
1 online resource (297 pages)
Specific material designation
Form of item

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