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Birth Mothers Are Not Bad People A Dialogic Analysis of Online Birth Mother Stories
Qualitative Communication Research (2012)
  • Leslie M. Baxter, University of Iowa
  • Kristine M. Sharp
  • Bryan Asbury
  • Amber Jannusch
  • Kristen M. Norwood
Abstract
Using a dialogic lens, this study investigated identity constructions of birth mothers articulated in their online adoption stories. Birth mother stories were characterized by two identity constructions, both of which resisted the dominant discourse of intensive mothering, which positions them as bad mothers. Stories depicted birth mothers either as good mothers or as agentic and self-fulfilling non-mothers. These respective identity constructions counter the dominant discourse either by working within it to reappropriate the components of good mothering or by undermining its legitimacy by shedding the identity of "mother" altogether.
Keywords
  • adoption,
  • birth mother,
  • dialogism,
  • relational dialectics theory,
  • stigma
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring 2012
Citation Information
Leslie M. Baxter, Kristine M. Sharp, Bryan Asbury, Amber Jannusch, et al.. "Birth Mothers Are Not Bad People A Dialogic Analysis of Online Birth Mother Stories" Qualitative Communication Research Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leslie_baxter/68/