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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): 353–381.
Published: 01 March 2017
... against Portuguese colonialism. It pays particular attention to how nationalist movements deployed the trope of patriotic motherhood to appeal to women to join and support the fight for national independence. Focusing primarily on the maternal body, this essay argues that while women are often rendered...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 227–243.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Cheryl R. Hopson Abstract: The focus of this essay is a memoir of first-time biological motherhood, Baby Love , by Third Wave feminist writer and cultural critic Rebecca Walker ( 2007 ). This essay enlists a black and Third Wave feminist intersectional theoretic to argue that Walker, a famous...
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Meridians (2024) 23 (1): 263–294.
Published: 01 April 2024
... health strategy, the Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI), excludes Indigenous birthing knowledge by requiring all childbirth to be attended by only birth attendants trained in the Western medical paradigm. This forms the bedrock of the assumed authoritative expertise of the Western medical birthing approach...
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Meridians (2009) 9 (2): 31–62.
Published: 01 March 2009
... the goal of safety that these registries advance. Part two builds on this foundation to use current shifts in the juvenile justice system to investigate how race, class, and gender complicate who has access to the protected categories of childhood and motherhood, and to the characteristic of innocence...
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Meridians (2020) 19 (1): 107–135.
Published: 01 April 2020
... of such incorporation on their intimate, familial, and community relationships in the local politics of the War on Terror. The authors are interested in how liberal feminist discourses of motherhood and empowerment are appropriated in the service of national security and how such articulations of feminism domesticate...
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Meridians (2022) 21 (2): 480–505.
Published: 01 October 2022
... domination, and general degradation within a hurtful herstory in which white motherhood and white mistresshood are sisters in subjugation. The author literarily autopsies Nig’s raciogenesis as black, her sociopolitical genealogy as enslaved, and her etiology as melancholic. This essay conceptualizes...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (2): 503–515.
Published: 01 October 2023
... the roles that grief, death, Black motherhood, and the Black southern oral tradition play within their ever-growing bond. As their relationship progresses from researcher and respondent to mother and daughter, their bond displays the connective tissue that binds one person to another through history, memory...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 17–40.
Published: 01 April 2019
... of capturing the gendered, raced, classed, spiritual, and patriotic dynamics through which notions of motherhood in Mexico were structured. The national maternal rose to prominence as women and progressive leaders challenged exacting patriarchal family arrangements. Copyright © 2019 Smith College 2019...
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Meridians (2004) 5 (1): 257–260.
Published: 01 September 2004
... of poems entitled WomanSongdelivers what the title promises-several poignant vignettes of female experience and, more specifically, female pain and resilience. The verses in Goulbourne's "song" span the gamut of the Jamaican woman's experience-motherhood, loss, the quest for peace, companionship...
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Meridians (2006) 6 (2): 177–194.
Published: 01 March 2006
..., especially, the stigma of unwed motherhood. This approach challenges common expectations about single motherhood, particularly proposing reexaminations of the terms through which certain labels are made to stick. Here, Sembene argues that restrictive systems of labeling are always at play with certain...
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Meridians (2018) 17 (2): 383–400.
Published: 01 November 2018
... be mad? They control through the cash On who’s broke and who’s stacked So let the students attack!! fees will fall . Many female MCs in Africa depart from some African feminists who privilege motherhood. Of African feminism Oyeronke Oyêwùmi ( 2003 , 12–13) says, “The privileging of motherhood...
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Meridians (2023) 22 (1): 58–75.
Published: 01 April 2023
... at the crossroads between the reconstruction of families as a form of endurance (Husanović 2015 ) against the destruction of family bonds during the dictatorships, but also as a feminist challenge to patriarchal and individualized ideologies of motherhood. Alejandro Leiva Wenger ( 2001 ) has written perhaps...
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Meridians (2001) 1 (2): 130–153.
Published: 01 March 2001
... central to feminist analyses of race and reproduction. When considering how women are "disempowered," feminist theorists have analyzed the intersections of race, class, marital status, immigrant status and sexuality to illuminate women's experience and practice of motherhood. 1 White women who become...
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Meridians (2017) 15 (2): v–vi.
Published: 01 March 2017
.../power relations. All nationalisms are gendered, in the words of Ann McClintock, and the narratives accompanying the African liberation struggles of the midtwentieth century-narratives where women's voices have been largely absent-reflect this reality. "Motherhood as Activism in the Angolan People's War...
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Meridians (2007) 7 (2): v–vii.
Published: 01 March 2007
... in the United States." For more than a decade, Solinger, a scholar who writes about the intersections of motherhood, race, and class in determining categories of the "legitimate mother," has been curating art exhibitions on the subject. Most recently, her politics of motherhood project led her to focus...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): 149–171.
Published: 01 March 2013
..., ce,transnationalism2013, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 149-171] © 2013 by Smith College. All rights reserved. 149 motherhood" (Anzaldua 1999, 39). In delineating expectations for women, Anzaldua might appear to say that motherhood is a negative cultural expectation; however, feminist reformulations of how...
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Meridians (2013) 11 (2): v–viii.
Published: 01 March 2013
.... Women in the public sphere are, too often, anathema to nationalism while motherhood, with its notions of domesticity-and confinement-holds a sacred place in the ideology. Still, the domestic can be a site of violence, and motherhood, a site of radical work, social justice and resistance. In "Covert Wars...
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Meridians (2019) 18 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., is nonetheless “on this earth” (Baderoon, 245). Our final essay, Cheryl R. Hopson’s “Breaking Silences: A Contemporary Black Feminist Reading of Rebecca Walker’s Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence ,” also takes up the mother-daughter relationship as a window into larger concerns...
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Meridians (2002) 2 (2): 41–66.
Published: 01 March 2002
... of one pot were bound together in the spirit of common motherhood. This was a matriarchal system in which all Nnobi people were children of one mother, the Goddess Idemili, whom all the people ofNnobi worshipped. What was the place of girls in this type of society? In the past few years, much...
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Meridians (2007) 7 (2): 63–70.
Published: 01 March 2007
... the "Susie" exhibition, I have curated three other traveling exhibitions, including "Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is Not a Class Privilege in America," a beautiful and pointed exhibition of documentary photographs. This show presents 60 images of women who occupy what I call "the reviled categories...