How does thinking historically change our understanding of motherhood? What conceptual and methodological approaches best illuminate histories of mothering? What place (if any) might be given to personal experience when writing such histories? And who are histories of motherhood for?
Sarah Knott (Indiana), author of Mother Is a Verb: An Unconventional History (2019) and Helen McCarthy (Cambridge), author of Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood (2020) reflect on these questions against the backdrop of a global pandemic which has deepened the crisis of care long apparent in societies like Britain and the US.
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