Producing Mothers

Anne Allison

in Permitted and Prohibited Desires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219908
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923447 | DOI:
Producing Mothers

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This chapter looks into other habits of labor and love that mothers are asked to perform for their nursery-school children. Throughout, the message is to utilize pleasures the mother is best able to provide with the aim of getting children to perform certain tasks. Making everyday work both habitual and desirable for children is the ideology of motherhood women are asked to uphold. School is a totalizing (pre)occupation in Japan, an endeavor that is not delimited to the school building or school day, but is expected to infiltrate and shape the child's everyday life.

Keywords: mothers; nursery school; everyday work; motherhood ideology; Japan; school practices

Chapter.  8534 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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