Interdisciplinary Studies

  • CGS IN 300: Cultural Constructions of Motherhood
    This course examines the ways that motherhood--the roles, expectations, and assumptions that shape what counts as both "good" and "bad" mothering--is currently understood. Three key questions will drive our exploration: How does culture shape mothering practices? How do mothering practices shape culture? How do race, economic class, educational attainment, and sexual orientation impact how motherhood is constructed? Discussions of related topics such as fathering, maternal body image, celebrity profiles, mother blame, parenting roles, and the economic costs of motherhood will be supplemented by readings from feminist interdisciplinary academic writing in motherhood studies along with popular culture and media texts.