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(Re)birthing the Feminine in Academe

Creating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts

  • Linda Henderson
  • Alison L. Black
  • Susanne Garvis

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Mothering Bodies and Sensations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Agnes Bosanquet, Jayde Cahir, Gail Crimmins, Janet Free, Karina Luzia, Lilia Mantai et al.
      Pages 3-19
    3. Louise Gwenneth Phillips, Helen Johnson, Sarah Misra, Agli Zavros-Orr
      Pages 49-82
    4. Sandy Farquhar, Justine O’Hara-Gregan
      Pages 83-102
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 129-137
  3. Mothering Relations and Vulnerabilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Anne B. Reinertsen, Bojana Gajic, Louise M. Thomas
      Pages 141-163
    3. Tina Yngvesson, Susanne Garvis, Donna Pendergast
      Pages 165-184
    4. Liisa Uusimäki, Karmen Johansson
      Pages 185-204
    5. Alexandra Lasczik, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Bronte Cutcher, Remy Cutcher, Lily Cutter-Mackenzie, Finley Cutter-Knowles
      Pages 205-247
    6. Catherine Manathunga, Barbara Grant, Frances Kelly, Arwen Raddon, Jisun Jung
      Pages 249-268
    7. Back Matter
      Pages 269-278
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 279-290

About this book


This book engages expansively with the concept of motherhood in academia, to offer insights into re-imagining a more responsive higher education. Written collaboratively as international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational collectives, the editors and contributors use various ways of understanding ‘motherhood’ to draw attention to – and disrupt – the masculine structures currently defining women’s lives and work in the academy. Shifting the focus from patriarchal understandings of academe, the narratives embrace and champion feminist and feminine scholarship. The book invites the reader to question what can be conceived when motherhood is imagined more expansively, through lenses traditionally silenced or made invisible. This pioneering volume will be of interest and value to feminist scholars, as well as those interested in disrupting patriarchal academic structures. 


Mother Maternal Grandmother Academic and maternal Metaphor in academia Feminine academia Feminist research Motherhood

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Henderson
    • 1
  • Alison L. Black
    • 2
  • Susanne Garvis
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of the Sunshine CoastSippy DownsAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Education, Communication & LearningUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

About the editors

Linda Henderson is a senior lecturer and feminist early years researcher at the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her work draws on poststructural and posthumanist ideas, methodologies, practice and aims to foster connectedness with all living matter in an effort to create a world that values connectedness, heterogeneity, and multiplicity.

Alison L. Black is a senior lecturer and arts-based/narrative researcher in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her research and scholarly work fosters connectedness, community, well-being, and meaning-making through the building of reflective and creative lives and identities.

Susanne Garvis is a professor of child and youth studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She has published widely on narrative methodology as well as research with children, teachers and families.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title (Re)birthing the Feminine in Academe
  • Book Subtitle Creating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts
  • Editors Linda Henderson
    Alison L. Black
    Susanne Garvis
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-38210-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-38213-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-38211-7
  • Series ISSN 2524-6445
  • Series E-ISSN 2524-6453
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 70 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender and Education
    Sociology of Education
    Sociology of Education
    Gender Studies
    Culture and Gender
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
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