A1 Journal article (refereed)
Displaying morally responsible motherhood : lone mothers accounting for work during non-standard hours (2020)


Moilanen, Sanna; May, Vanessa; Sevón, Eija; Murtorinne-Lahtinen, Minna; Laakso,Marja-Leena (2020). Displaying morally responsible motherhood : lone mothers accounting for work during non-standard hours. Families, Relationships and Societies, 9 (3), 451-468. DOI: 10.1332/204674319X15664893823072


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All authors or editors: Moilanen, Sanna; May, Vanessa; Sevón, Eija; Murtorinne-Lahtinen, Minna; Laakso,Marja-Leena

Journal or series: Families, Relationships and Societies

ISSN: 2046-7435

eISSN: 2046-7443

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 9

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 451-468

Publisher: Policy Press

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/204674319X15664893823072

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65414


Abstract

This study examined how lone mothers rationalise their work during non-standard hours (e.g., evenings and weekends), which they perceive as problematic in terms of child wellbeing, and thereby as violating the culturally shared moral order of ‘good’ motherhood. The data comprise interviews with 16 Finnish lone mothers, analysed as accounts, with a special focus on their linguistic features. The mothers displayed morally responsible motherhood through: (1) excusing work during non-standard hours as an external demand; (2) appealing to an inability to act according to good mothering ideals; (3) using adaptive strategies to protect child wellbeing; and (4) challenging the idea of risk. Our findings indicate that the moral terrain lone mothers must navigate is shaped by the ways in which their family situation contravenes powerful ideologies around good mothering, while their efforts to resist the ensuing stigma are constrained by the need to engage in work during non-standard hours.


Keywords: maternity; atypical work; single parents; stigmata

Free keywords: accounts analysis; motherhood; non-standard work; single mothers; stigma


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