Cultural psychology is at the verge of becoming fashionable—for an area of substantive promise that is dangerous, since it can replace a substantive search for new approaches by rhetoric positioning in relation with other perspectives. In this volume, the basic human condition of motherhood was selected as the target phenomenon to make sense of the meaningmaking processes in human lives. It directly concerns half of humankind, and its presence is a necessary starting point for all of it. Motherhood is the key to human survival. What is a woman doing when she is stating the obvious—“I am the mother?” The fact that she has given birth to a baby is not in question—the baby is hanging on to the mother’s breast. Even if the woman is a wet nurse to the given on-hanger, she needs to be a mother of another baby (her own) to have the capability of selling her services of her body for healthy nutritional purposes. Or if the baby is of her own, she is dedicating her role to some social institution that may send the once-baby onto a battlefield as a “child soldier” or a regular army conscript—never to return. Motherhood is a process of giving—a meaningful act of creating the Other who becomes an autonomous person. Motherhood is the longitudinal course of distancing without distancing.

Cornejio C., Valsiner, J., Marsico, G. (2015). Meaning-making and Motherhood: What Cultural Psychology can provide. In K.R., Cabell, G., Marsico, C., Cornejo, & J., Valsiner, (Eds.). Making meaning, making motherhood. Annals Of Cultural Psychology: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind and Society, Volume 1, (pp. 395-402), Charlotte, N.C. USA: Information Age Publishing;

MARSICO, Giuseppina
2015

Abstract

Cultural psychology is at the verge of becoming fashionable—for an area of substantive promise that is dangerous, since it can replace a substantive search for new approaches by rhetoric positioning in relation with other perspectives. In this volume, the basic human condition of motherhood was selected as the target phenomenon to make sense of the meaningmaking processes in human lives. It directly concerns half of humankind, and its presence is a necessary starting point for all of it. Motherhood is the key to human survival. What is a woman doing when she is stating the obvious—“I am the mother?” The fact that she has given birth to a baby is not in question—the baby is hanging on to the mother’s breast. Even if the woman is a wet nurse to the given on-hanger, she needs to be a mother of another baby (her own) to have the capability of selling her services of her body for healthy nutritional purposes. Or if the baby is of her own, she is dedicating her role to some social institution that may send the once-baby onto a battlefield as a “child soldier” or a regular army conscript—never to return. Motherhood is a process of giving—a meaningful act of creating the Other who becomes an autonomous person. Motherhood is the longitudinal course of distancing without distancing.
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