Through the Maze of Motherhood: Empowered Mothers Speak
Page Count: 250
Publication Date: November 2011
This is a unique book that argues that mothers who are critical thinkers and who take a stance against social pres- sures to be perfect mothers experience a sense of em- powerment. The book is based and expands on quali- tative research that explored the experience of mothers who resist the current discourse on mothering. Through the Maze of Motherhood conveys what it is like to resist a strong societal discourse and how some mothers have managed to navigate the intricacies of the process of resistance. This book also dispels the belief that there is one right way to mother and, therefore, suggests that a process of questioning and resisting the current myths may result in a more autonomous, agency driven, and empowered way to mother. This book will not only en- courage resistance that can lead to freedom from the op- pression of the discourse, but that it will also persuade women to refrain from judging one another and develop a strong community with a strong voice against the ideal of the prefect mother. Through the Maze of Motherhood gives voice to mothers who are in a process of resistance to the discourse on mothering and it unpacks the many benefits, intricacies, challenges, and struggles they expe- rience. Moreover, the book provides evidence for the no- tion that critical thinking and resistance are experienced as empowering even though they present some challenges.
Dr. Erika Horwitz is a registered psychologist. She is the Director of Counselling Services at Simon Fraser University and a Lecturer both at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia in their Faculties of Educa- tion and Counselling Psychology Programs. She has pub- lished several articles on the topic of motherhood, and has appeared on television and radio interviews as an expert and advocate for mothers. Dr. Horwitz lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her two daughters and her husband.