"We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Ross, Fiona en_ZA
dc.contributor.author O'Rourke, Shannon Laraine en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-22T13:13:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-22T13:13:36Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation O'Rourke, S. 2016. "We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20603
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores conceptions and experiences of motherhood in Ocean View, South Africa through the investigation of a maternal and child health intervention. The Moms and Tots support programme seeks to provide mothers with health education and supportive social networks to improve maternal and child health in a resource-poor context. Based on data collected from participant observation and interviews, three major themes have emerged from the research: the framing of Ocean View and its residents within a discourse of deficiency, the responsibilization of the mother, and the demanding nature of care in the face of resource scarcity. Notions of the ideal mother represent a moral discourse around what it means to bring a new life into the world, and who is equipped to do so. I argue that positioning the mother as the site of intervention for improved well-being of future generations underplays the political-economic context that shapes physical, mental, and emotional health in Ocean View. Knowledge interventions that seek to produce behaviour change must focus on the mother's potential rather than risk and adequately acknowledge the constraints in social and material environments if they are to offer viable solutions for health improvement. The Moms and Tots programme plays a vital role in diffusing maternal responsibility through offering social and material networks of support to mothers in Ocean View. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.title "We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation O'Rourke, S. L. (2016). <i>"We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20603 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation O'Rourke, Shannon Laraine. <i>""We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20603 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation O'Rourke SL. "We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 2016 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20603 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - O'Rourke, Shannon Laraine AB - This thesis explores conceptions and experiences of motherhood in Ocean View, South Africa through the investigation of a maternal and child health intervention. The Moms and Tots support programme seeks to provide mothers with health education and supportive social networks to improve maternal and child health in a resource-poor context. Based on data collected from participant observation and interviews, three major themes have emerged from the research: the framing of Ocean View and its residents within a discourse of deficiency, the responsibilization of the mother, and the demanding nature of care in the face of resource scarcity. Notions of the ideal mother represent a moral discourse around what it means to bring a new life into the world, and who is equipped to do so. I argue that positioning the mother as the site of intervention for improved well-being of future generations underplays the political-economic context that shapes physical, mental, and emotional health in Ocean View. Knowledge interventions that seek to produce behaviour change must focus on the mother's potential rather than risk and adequately acknowledge the constraints in social and material environments if they are to offer viable solutions for health improvement. The Moms and Tots programme plays a vital role in diffusing maternal responsibility through offering social and material networks of support to mothers in Ocean View. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 T1 - "We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View TI - "We must be responsible for our children" : the makings of motherhood in Ocean View UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20603 ER - en_ZA


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