Essay On Motherhood

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INTRODUCTION: Motherhood, as defined in the Oxford dictionary of Sociology, is a term encompassing the practical realities and social significance of being a mother. It wouldn’t be wrong to say motherhood, as a concept, is central to processes in which women are defined by others and how they define themselves. Females are all seen as potential mothers once we reach the age of menstruation and after that we are expected to fulfill our reproductive destiny. If this doesn’t occur, women are often viewed as “failed” mothers. Womanhood is directly linked to our potential for motherhood. From a cultural standpoint marriage and motherhood are considered the primary gender roles for women across social classes. Motherhood establishes a woman’s credential…show more content…
The social construction of motherhood takes place through our daily actions and interactions. It is formed by mother themselves but also takes its cues from people who are not mothers. Scientific expertise and popular culture add to the social constructed understanding of motherhood. Berger and Luckman (1969) postulate that actors construct for themselves what they perceive as reality within their daily interaction with others. Chodrow (1978) points out that a woman may have a deep desire for a child, but this desire is psychological and not…show more content…
There are no good mothers. Indeed, given society’s job description of the good mother, there can be no good mothers. In an attempt to understand the importance of pregnancy and childbirth, I tried to understand the social construction of motherhood which can be said to be the last stage in the sequence from sexual activity to pregnancy to child birth to mothering and then finally motherhood. The backward sequence might help me in understanding my research area, with this view in mind I observed around and I am mentioning in this paper some of the most relevant observation that I could record. These observations gave me an insight t=into the world of how things happen and function. My
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