The In/Visibility of Mothering Against the Norm in Francophone Contexts: Private and Public Discourses in the Mediation of “Natural Parenting”

Authors

  • Florence Pasche Guignard Postdoctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation; University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion York University, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies -- Might change between time of submission and publication! ---

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2015v40n1a2893

Keywords:

Anthropology, Feminist/Gender, Religion, Technology / Anthropologie, Féminisme/Genre, Technologie

Abstract

Mothers who engage in “natural parenting,” an unconventional style of parenting in Francophone contexts, use online media, and in particular online forums, as a source of information, as a place for discussing the variety of authentic maternal experiences, and as a virtual site of community building around shared practices, values, and worldviews. This contribution looks at the ways in which twenty-first-century online mediation participates in the blurring of private/public boundaries in the domain of parenting and how this affects parents who mother outside of the norm, following environmentalist worldviews. It also investigates the association of natural parenting and religion, and the articulations between public and private discourses about institutional motherhood and mothers’ experiences.

Les mères qui pratiquent le « parentage naturel », un style de parentage nonconventionnel dans des contextes francophones, utilisent les médias en ligne, et en particulier les forums, comme source d’information, comme un endroit où discuter la diversité des expériences maternelles authentiques, et comme un site virtuel de construction communautaire autour de pratiques, valeurs et visions du monde partagées. Cette contribution examine comment la médiation en ligne rend plus floues les frontières entre public et privé dans le domaine du parentage et comment ceci affecte les personnes qui parentent en dehors des normes, suivant des visions du monde écologistes. Cet article examine aussi l’association entre la parentage naturel et religion, ainsi que les articulations entre discours publics et privés sur la maternité en tant qu’institution et les expériences des mères elles-mêmes.

Author Biography

Florence Pasche Guignard, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation; University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion York University, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies -- Might change between time of submission and publication! ---

Florence Pasche Guignard is currently a postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research project is entitled “Natural Parenting in the Digital Age. At the Confluence of Mothering, Religion, Environmentalism and Technology”.

Published

2015-02-16