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PhD Defence: Betty Ann Martin

Room L 217, Harris Learning Library
28 Feb 2017
28 Feb 2017
12:00 PM

Nipissing University's School of Graduate Studies is pleased to invite the university community at large, faculty, students and administrators to attend the oral defence of the following student:

Betty Ann Martin
Doctor of Philosophy
Maternal Identity: An Intertextual Narrative

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
12:00 noon
Room L 217, Harris Learning Library, Nipissing University, North Bay


This project explores maternal identity construction and reconstruction in the context of a reality mediated by social expectation, and a cultural history and ideology of maternal sacrifice. Idealized representations of motherhood contribute to maternal anxiety and perceptions of personal inadequacy. Reclaimed and re-constructed narratives of maternal experience explore maternal identity as an intertextual mosaic within a broader social context. The evolution of an integrated self, and subsequent potential for meaningful transformation through the experience of mothering, is a function of women’s ability to engage creativity, critical consciousness, and personal agency toward the project of reconstructed selfhood. Willingness to explore and adapt grounded frameworks of meaning enable mothers to achieve a maternal identity that is both continuous and authentic. Ultimately, participants’ maternal empowerment was enabled by a re-scripting of maternal roles through recognition of the constructed nature of both their reality and the narratives shaping their lives.

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