Rather than writing another child-care guide, Angela Davis concerned herself with the institutional and societal structures that affect motherhood. These include social pressures as well as the power relationships within individual homes. In this book published in 2012, Davis challenges the assumption of continual progress and social change for mothers towards greater social freedom.
Ms. Davis is a research professor at the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick University.
The book is based on 160 oral history interviews of mothers and has been described as perhaps the first and most comprehensive study of motherhood during of the last half of the century. This book examines women’s experiences of motherhood in England in the years between 1945 and 2000.
Motherhood is an area where a number of discourses and practices meet. The book therefore forms a thematic study looking at aspects of mothers’ lives such as education, health care, psychology, labour market trends and state intervention.