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The Motherhood Business, The Motherhood Business, 0817318909, 0-8173-1890-9, 978-0-8173-1890-1, 9780817318901, , Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique, The Motherhood Business, 0817389083, 0-8173-8908-3, 978-0-8173-8908-6, 9780817389086, , Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critiqu

The Motherhood Business
Consumption, Communication, and Privilege

Trade Cloth
2015. 304 pp.
Price:  $59.95 s
E Book
2015. 304 pp.
Price:  $59.95 d

The Motherhood Business is a piercing collection of ten original essays that reveal the rhetoric of the motherhood industry. Focusing on the consumer life of mothers and the emerging entrepreneurship associated with motherhood, the collection considers how different forms of privilege (class, race, and nationality) inform discourses about mothering, consumption, mobility, and leisure.
The Motherhood Business follows the harried mother’s path into the anxious maelstrom of intelligent toys, healthy foods and meals, and educational choices. It also traces how some enterprising mothers leverage cultural capital and rhetorical vision to create thriving baby- and child-based businesses of their own, as evidenced by the rise of mommy bloggers and “mompreneurs”over the last decade.
Starting with the rapidly expanding global fertility market, The Motherhood Business explores the intersection of motherhood, consumption, and privilege in the context of fertility tourism, international adoption, and transnational surrogacy. The synergy between motherhood and the marketplace demonstrated across the essays affirms the stronghold of “intensive mothering ideology” in decisions over what mothers buy and how they brand their businesses even as that ideology evolves. Across diverse contexts, the volume also identifies how different forms or privilege shape how mothers construct their identities through their consumption and entrepreneurship.
Although social observers have long commented on the link between motherhood and consumerism, little has been written within the field of rhetoric. Penetrating and interdisciplinary, The Motherhood Business illuminates how consumer culture not only shapes contemporary motherhood but also changes in response to mothers who constitute a driving force of the economy.

Anne Teresa Demo is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. She is the coeditor of Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory. Jennifer L. Borda is an associate professor of communication at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of Women Labor Activists in the Movies: Nine Depictions of Workplace Organizers, 1954–2005. Charlotte Kroløkke is an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She currently heads the research project titled (Trans)Formations of Kinship: Travelling in Search of Relatedness.

“Motherhood, and parenting in general, has never been easy. It also constantly is judged. Yet, academia too often resists making space for this vital sphere of life, love, leisure, and labor. From rising trends in international fertility markets to the growing impact of mom blogs to the fraught choices we face regarding where and how to school the next generation, The Motherhood Business reminds us that ongoing debates over rhetorics of motherhood and communicative dimensions of consumption—though challenging and complicated—are worth engaging both on and off campus.”
—Phaedra C. Pezzullo, author of Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution and Environmental Justice

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