Motherhood as a Narrative of Moral Resistance

  • Ruth Linn


Feminists, like oral historians, see it as part of their calling to “give voice to the voiceless” (Reinharz, 1992, p. 342). Further, they “take pride in recognizing women’s diversity” (p. 252). If this were the case, then women’s wish for a child without marriage, and their choice of autonomous childbearing and mothering, would not have remained a “missing text of women’s development” (Gilligan, 1982, p. 156); Motherhood out of choice is the telling of how both new families and new stories are produced, “for storytelling is a primary way that families are produced, maintained, and perhaps transformed” (Langellier & Peterson, 1993, p. 50). This invisible and voiceless transition into motherhood as an “experience, ” not as an “institution” (Rich, 1986), takes on a complex identity and a complex narrative, as “one’s self identity is the story one tells one’s self of who one is” (Laing, 1969, p. 93).


Married Woman Single Mother Moral Discourse Unmarried Mother Moral Subject 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Linn
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  1. 1.University of HaifaMount CarmelIsrael

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