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Still a mother, noncustodial mothers, gendered institutions, and social change, Jackie Krasas.

Jackie Krasas traces the trajectories of mothers who have lost or ceded custody to an ex-partner. She argues that these noncustodial mothers' experiences should be understood within a greater web of gendered social institutions such as employment, education, health care, and legal systems that shapes the meanings of contemporary motherhood in the United States. If motherhood means 'being there,' then noncustodial mothers, through their absence, are seen as nonmothers. They are anti-mothers to be reviled. At the very least, these mothers serve as cautionary tales. 'Still a Mother' questions the existence of an objective method for determining custody of children and challenges the 'best-interests standard' through a feminist, reproductive justice lens. The stories of noncustodial mothers that Krasas relates shed light on marriage and divorce, caregiving, gender violence, and family court
Table Of Contents
A contradiction in terms -- The mothers -- She must have done something -- Still a mother -- Father of the year -- Manufacturing bad bothers -- Still in an abusive relationship -- Lessons learned
Literary Form
non fiction
Also issued in print: 2021
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 online resource)
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