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Mammor, mat och moral: En studie av judisk­-identifierade kvinnor och icke-mäns förhållningssätt till föreställningar om ”den judiska mamman”
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to study how Swedish ­Jewish women and non-men relate to widespread notions of Jewish motherhood and the trope of ”the Jewish mother”, through their own  stories. The paper asks how they relate to notions of Jewish motherhood, how these notions  function in the construction of their identities as Jewish and how it relates to processes of  community and nationalism. The material that is analyzed is the narrative of fourteen Jewishidentified women/non-men gathered with a survey interview. It is analyzed through theories  of the relation between motherhood and nationalism, the constitutive terms of a diaspora and an intersectional approach to racialized processes of gender and gendered processes of the  constitution of race and ethnicity. The thesis concludes that through the informants’ stories  the cultural symbol of ”motherhood” is dependent upon certain symbols in its own, such as  food and religious practices, that relate to identity processes among the informants, and to  processes of community and nationalism tied to motherhood. Jewish mothers, potential  mothers and parents are effected by expectations of certain Jewish ways of performing  motherhood in their identification as Jewish and in their sense of belonging to the Jewish  community. They also relate these expectations to portrayals of Jewish mothers from popular culture as well as to the parenting and memories of their own mothers and ancestral women.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Jewish identity,  Jewish motherhood,  ”the Jewish mother”,  diaspora,  nationalism,  survey
Keyword [sv]
Judisk identitet,  judiskt moderskap,  ”den judiska mamman”,  diaspora,   nationalism,  enkätstudie
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30429OAI: diva2:940638
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Gender Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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