We are pleased to offer for review ‘Knowing Mothers: Researching Maternal Identity Change‘ by Wendy Hollway (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities.
How do women experience the identity changes involved in becoming mothers for the first time? When this is the question of an empirical research project, it poses methodological challenges: how can research bring to light such experience, and how can identity change be documented, conceptualised and written about?
Nineteen women’s lives populate this book, as they become mothers for the first time, each unique and all having much in common amidst the diversity of East London. Through in depth case examples, Wendy Hollway demonstrates how a different research methodology, underpinned by a psychoanalytically informed epistemology, can transform our understanding of the early foundations of maternal identity.
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