- Publisher: Demeter Press
- ISBN: 9781550145045
- Price: $44.95 CAD
- Publication Date: May 2010
- Rights: World
- Pages: 318
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Mothering Canada: Interdisciplinary Voices
La maternité au Canada: voix interdisciplinaires
Edited by Shawna Geissler, Lynn Loutzenhiser, Jocelyne Praud, Leesa Striefler
A multidisciplinary, bilingual anthology of mothering research in Canada that illustrates facets of Canadian mothering through different disciplinary lenses including social sciences, literature, and visual arts. The anthology confirms that issues of mothering are prevalent in the Canadian psyche, and in much need of research, communication, and change.
”A wonderfully rich collection of material on what we know and what we still need to know about mothering. Mothering Canada illustrates the power of bringing together multiple visions and multiple knowledges — empirical research, poetry, personal journeys, art, and many more – as different and complementary ways of trying to understand and of searching for meaning.”
— Caroline Andrew, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa
Section I: Becoming
Section II: Connection
Section III: Challenging
Section IV: Supporting
About the Authors
Shawna Geissler holds an MSc in Biology from the University of Regina. After seven years as a full-time mother, she earned her MA in English, and is now working on her doctoral dissertation on representations of women’s breasts in British Renaissance medical anatomies and sonnet sequences. In 2007, she chaired the University of Regina’s Graduate Students’ Research Conference. She has published and presented papers on a variety of topics including children’s fiction, holocaust narratives, and apocalyptic literatures, as well as on the evolutionary relationships among grasshoppers. She teaches critical reading and writing at Campion and Luther Colleges, and, in 2008, won the Inspiring Sessional Award. She mothers three teen-aged sons: Justin, Adam, and Evan.
Lynn Loutzenhiser, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. Before joining the faculty in 2003, she worked as a child clinical psychologist with children experiencing developmental and/or mental health difficulties and their families. Her research has been funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice, and through the University of Regina’s SSHRC/President’s Fund and Dean’s Research Awards. Her current research interests lie in the areas of mothering and fathering, with a particular focus on the experience of new and first-time parents. She and her partner, Eldon, have two children, Maya and Joshua.
Jocelyne Praud, born and raised in France, holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Regina. Her research and writings have primarily dealt with the political representation of women in France, English Canada and Quebec. Ever since she worked in a daycare center in France, she has been keenly interested in comparing different child care systems. Together with Sandrine Dauphin, she is presently revising their book entitled Towards Parity Democracy: Women’s Political Representation in Fifth Republic France to be published by UBC Press. She and her husband have a daughter, Justine and a son, Franz.
Leesa Streifler, is a Professor of Visual Art, at the University of Regina. She holds an MFA from Hunter College, New York. In 2005, she founded ARM-UR (Association for Mothering at the University of Regina). She has exhibited widely and her work is in notable public collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canada Council Art Bank. Her work has been funded by granting agencies including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and through the University of Regina’s SSHRC/President’s Fund and Dean’s Research Awards. Her multidisciplinary studio practice focuses on the female body through the lens of mothering, aging, and familial relationships. Leesa and her husband, Kenneth Bell, have a son, Daniel, born in 2001.