Cyber Labor: Birth Stories on Mommyblogs as Gateways into Maternal Thinking

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This paper deals with birth stories on mommyblogs as a narrative genre through which writers become participators in maternal thinking and practices. Grounded in the feminist New Materialism, feminist literary studies and social media studies this paper investigates the positions of writing and reading birth stories, their effects and connectedness to discourses on mothering, difference, agency and digital subjectivity. Through examples from birth story posts and the concepts of relationality, the cyborg, as well as maternal agency, thinking and practice, this paper shows how birth stories construct mothering both online and offline. As I sketch out birth stories as gateways into mommyblogging and reading, I weave in autoetnographical narrative of encountering birth stories while pregnant. In my close reading of birth story examples from mommyblogs, I concentrate on analysis of norms, narration of difference, and the reflexive relationality that these maternal narratives create. What I discover is a digital m/other: a shifting maternal subjectivity of a cyber mother, who appears liminally in both digital and material condensations.
LehtiJournal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement
TilaJulkaistu - 1 tammikuuta 2019
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu


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