This collection considers how embodiment, mothering, and curriculum theory are related to practices in education that silence, conceal, and limit gendered, raced, and sexual maternal bodies. Advancing a new understanding of the maternal body, it argues for a 'bodied curriculum' - a practice that attends to the relational, social, and ethical implications of 'being-with' other bodies differently, and to the different knowledges such bodily encounters produce. Contributors argue that the prevailing silence about the maternal body in educational scholarship reinforces the binary split between domestic and public spaces, family life and work, one's own children and others' children, and women's roles as 'mothers' or 'others.' Providing an interdisciplinary perspective in which postmodern ideas about the body interact with those of learning and teaching, Mothering a Bodied Curriculum brings theory and practice together into an ever-evolving conversation.
Stephanie Springgay is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Debra Freedman is an instructor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph.
Contents Introduction: M/Othering and a Minor Methodology Part 1 Emplacement 1 Consuming M/Otherhood: Pedagogical Regimes of Truth in Parental Consumerism 2 Pregnant Pedagogy 3 M/Othering midst Tensioned Spaces: Towards Theorizing Home Schooling 4 The Mindful Materfessor: M/Othering Bodies of Difference in Education 5 Relational Teaching and Mothers with Disabilities: Bridging the Public/Private, Dependency/Nurturance Divides 6 E-Mail from a Digital Daddy: A Conversation with My (Future) Child in an Age of Digital (Communication) Technology 7 Harriet's House: Mothering Other People's Children Part 2 Desire 8 Living in/as Revolt: Judaism, Circumcision, and M/Othering 9 Navigating M/Other-Son Plots as a 'Migrant Act': Autobiography, Currere, and Gender 10 Where Desire Endures: Intimacy and Mothering a Bodied Curriculum 11 (Lesbian) M/Otherhood as Contradiction: Love, Sexuality, and Other (Imagined) Wonders 12 M/Othering Multiculturalism: Adoption, Diversity, and Nomadic Subjects 13 Writing in the Shadows Cast by Moonlight Part 3 Affect 14 Tasting the M/Other as Sensational Pedagogy 15 Breastfeeding Mothers and Lovers: An Ebbing and Flowing Curriculum of the Fluid Embrace 16 The Breastfeeding Curriculum: Stories of Queer, Female, Unruly Learning 17 Multiple Stories: Alternate Constructions of M/Othering in the Context of Family Violence 18 First Reading: Troubling Maternity Part 4 Curricular Response 19 M/Othering as Un(der)studied in Curriculum Studies: An Epilogue Edited by Stephanie Springgay and Debra Freedman