Mothers, Military, and Society


Price: $34.95

Page Count: 250

Publication Date: February 2018

ISBN: 978-1-77258-141-6

“Motherhood” and “military” are often viewed as dichotomous concepts, with the former 
symbolizing feminine ideals and expectations, and the latter suggesting masculine ideals and 
norms. Mothers, Military, and Society contributes to a growing body of research that disrupts this 
false dichotomy. This interdisciplinary and international volume explores the many ways in 
which mothers and the military converse, align, contest, and intersect in society. Through various 
chapters that include in-depth case studies, theoretical perspectives and personal narratives, this 
book offers insights into the complex relationship between motherhood and military in ways that 
will engage both academic and non-academic readers alike.  

Mothers, Military and Society
Table of Contents
Sarah Cote Hampson, Udi Lebel and Nancy Taber

Imagining Motherhood and the Military: Images and cultural representations

Chapter 1: Deconstructing Popular Images of the Military Mother
Patricia Sotirin

Chapter 2: Mothers, Martyrs and Messages of Eternity in the Popular Culture of Pakistan
Anwar Shaheen and Abeerah Ali

Chapter 3: Military Moms in the Spotlight: What Media Attention on Mothers in the U.S. Military
Means for Public Policy
Sarah Cote Hampson

Chapter 4: Connecting the Past and Future through Contemporary Discourses of Motherhood and
Militarism in Canada: Bomb Girls and Continuum
Nancy Taber

Doing Motherhood and Military: Behavior, Management and Negotiations

Chapter 5: The Gendered Discourse of Israeli Military Bereavement
Udi Lebel and Gal Hermoni

Chapter 6 On Motherhood and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front Guerilla Fighters
Victoria Team

Me-Mother-Military: A Phenomenological View

Chapter 7: Choosing Motherhood in the US Air Force
Magdalena H. Kearns

Chapter 8: “You Can’t Have a Baby in the Army!” and Other Myths of Moms in Military Service
Naomi Mercer

Chapter 9: Mom Wore Combat Boots: An Autoethnography of a Military Sociologist
Morton Ender

Chapter 10: Understanding War as Revealed to Me by my Son: (a trilogy)
Beth Osnes

Sarah Cote Hampson is an Assistant Professor of Public Law at the University of Washington
Tacoma. Her book, The Balance Gap: Working Mothers and the Limits of the Law (Stanford
2017), focuses on working mothers’ experiences with work/life balance policy in Academia and
the U.S. military.

Udi Lebel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ariel University; a researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University. His main Research Interests: Sociology of Trauma, Loss and Bereavement; Civil – Military Relations; Collective Memory and Commemoration; Security and Trauma's Communities. He is the author of Politics of Memory: the Israeli Underground's Struggle for Inclusion in the National Pantheon and Military Commemoralization (Routlege 2013) and co-editor of Yom Kippur War and the Reshaping of Israeli Civil-Military Relations (Lexington, 2015).

Nancy Taber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Brock University. Her
research explores the ways in which learning, gender, and militarism interact in daily life,
popular culture, museums, academic institutions, and military organizations. Her publications
include Gendered militarism in Canada: Learning conformity and resistance (University of