The Girl-Mom Experience: A Discourse Analysis of Online (R)evolution

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dc.contributor.author Gislason, Leanne
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-27T18:24:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-27T18:24:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-08-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4847
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the ways in which the young mothers who participated in the online community of Girl-Mom.com were influenced by the dominant website discourses. Young mothers are positioned as deviant throughout time, with specific consequences related to notions of stratified reproduction. Girl-Mom.com exists within social relations of third wave feminism, and in the social context of cyberspace. Within this background, feminist post-structuralism is employed to read discussion forum posts to note how concepts of discourse, power and knowledge, subjectivity and resistance create discursive effects. The Girl-Mom discourse emerges as a major theme. The qualities of the Girl- Mom discourse enlist young mothers in their own emancipation and the creation of self- knowledge while invoking processes of normalization, regulation and discipline between members. In the process, motherhood is valued as a biological act in which women are revered for their reproductive capabilities, with different effects for racialized women. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject discourse analysis en_US
dc.subject young mothers en_US
dc.subject Girl-Mom en_US
dc.title The Girl-Mom Experience: A Discourse Analysis of Online (R)evolution en_US
dc.title.alternative Girl-Mom Experience: A Discourse Analysis of Online Revolution en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Jeffery, Donna Irene
dc.degree.department School of Social Work en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work M.S.W. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0452 en_US

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