Melinda Vandenbeld Giles/Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism
Neoliberal policies and austerity measures have unequivocally altered the landscape of women’s lives globally. The most detrimental effect has been on mothers as they are faced with increasing responsibility and decreasing resources. Despite mothers being the primary producers, consumers, and repro- ducers of the neoliberal world, their centrality has been largely silenced within economic discourse. Thus, Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism calls for a new economic framework to counter the individualized neoliberal model, one in which the needs of mothers and children are prioritized. This volume provides a crucial starting point. By identifying the sources of neoliberal failure toward mothers, we can begin to collectively formulate an alternative paradigm in which mothers’ voices are no longer rendered invisible, but rather predominate in the global landscape.
“Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism represents a significant contribution to scholars and researchers studying neoliberal- ism (by focusing attention on mothers who are often left out of the discourse), and gender/mothering (by emphasizing the importance of the political culture/structure to our micro ex- pressions of identity). This volume offers a novel and much needed approach to the study of mothering and the role of public policy. This is not only timely, but well executed.” —SARAH JANE GLYNN, Associate Director, Women’s Economic Policy, Center for American Progress
“This book does an admirable job in responding to the chal- lenges of living and mothering in a neoliberal era. The topic is unambiguously significant and timely. We need this book.” —MAY FRIEDMAN, School of Social Work, Ryerson University