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Mothering for discipline and educational success: Welfare-reliant immigrant women talk about motherhood in Sweden

Women's Studies, 2016, Vol.54, pp.29-37 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Mothering for discipline and educational success: Welfare-reliant immigrant women talk about motherhood in Sweden
  • Author: Bergnehr, Disa
  • Found In: Women's Studies, 2016, Vol.54, pp.29-37 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Social Sciences ; Other Social Sciences ; Social Sciences Interdisciplinary ; Samhällsvetenskap ; Annan Samhällsvetenskap ; Tvärvetenskapliga Studier Inom Samhällsvetenskap ; Forced Migration; Immigrant Mothering; Welfare Dependence; Schooling; Social Policies
  • Language: English
  • Description: This study is based on 16 immigrant welfare-reliant women's discourses on motherhood in five focus groups. The women connect their mothering strategies for promoting discipline and their children's educational success with living on scarce finances: welfare dependence, children's education, and discipline are intertwined and recurrent themes that the interviews prompted. A dominant argument is that discipline diminishes the risk of school failure and deviant behaviour. Educational success is imperative for the children's chances to obtain employment and self-provision as adults; deviant behaviour must be stifled to avoid criminal activities, school failure, and future welfare dependence. The women argue that Swedish society obstructs their mothering through lax discipline in school, a disregard for parental authority, and restrictive welfare stipulations. They desire better support. This study widens our understandings of immigrant women's experiences of mothering on welfare, and informs...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0277-5395 ; ISSN: 0277-5395 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2015.11.003

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