Mums, Dummies and Dirty ‘Dids’: the dummy as a symbolic representation of mothering?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/47436
Title:
Mums, Dummies and Dirty ‘Dids’: the dummy as a symbolic representation of mothering?
Authors:
Whitmarsh, Judy
Abstract:
The bio medical expert literature, although contested, associates the use of dummies, soothers or pacifiers, with illness, dental malformation, impaired speech and language, and working-class mothering. This article suggests this negative perspective has filtered, via experts and the media, into public narratives of ‘good’ mothering. Interviews with 20 disadvantaged mothers demonstrate the complex negotiations undertaken to integrate dummy use into their personal ‘good-mothering’ narratives. Representing their hitherto ignored voices in the dummy debate allows a consideration of the context of, and influences on, dummy use. The article argues that rather than a symbol of inadequate working-class mothering, dummy use is a complex, highly negotiated, situated mothering practice.
Citation:
Children & Society, 22(4): 278-290.
Publisher:
Wiley InterScience.
Journal:
Children & Society
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/47436
DOI:
10.1111/j.1099-0860.2007.00082.x
Additional Links:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120081330/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
09510605; 10990860
Appears in Collections:
Early Years

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dc.contributor.authorWhitmarsh, Judy-
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-14T22:24:15Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-14T22:24:15Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationChildren & Society, 22(4): 278-290.en
dc.identifier.issn09510605-
dc.identifier.issn10990860-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1099-0860.2007.00082.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/47436-
dc.description.abstractThe bio medical expert literature, although contested, associates the use of dummies, soothers or pacifiers, with illness, dental malformation, impaired speech and language, and working-class mothering. This article suggests this negative perspective has filtered, via experts and the media, into public narratives of ‘good’ mothering. Interviews with 20 disadvantaged mothers demonstrate the complex negotiations undertaken to integrate dummy use into their personal ‘good-mothering’ narratives. Representing their hitherto ignored voices in the dummy debate allows a consideration of the context of, and influences on, dummy use. The article argues that rather than a symbol of inadequate working-class mothering, dummy use is a complex, highly negotiated, situated mothering practice.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley InterScience.en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120081330/abstracten
dc.subjectChildrenen
dc.subjectEarly yearsen
dc.subjectWorking classesen
dc.subjectChild psychologyen
dc.subjectChildcareen
dc.subjectChild disciplineen
dc.subjectParenting practiceen
dc.subjectMothersen
dc.subjectNurseriesen
dc.subjectPacifiersen
dc.subjectDummiesen
dc.titleMums, Dummies and Dirty ‘Dids’: the dummy as a symbolic representation of mothering?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalChildren & Societyen
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