Moms&work: il complesso rapporto tra maternità e lavoro

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Moms & work: the complex relationship between motherhood and work

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[Autom. eng. transl.] This paper aims to analyze the complex relationship between motherhood and work, a treated relationship, not without ambiguity, both from a good part of socio-economic literature and from current European policies. However, the use of a relational perspective allows us to grasp the distinctive elements of this relationship, also widening the gaze addressed to them: it is thus possible to avoid a reduction in motherhood to the sole procreative choice and a consequent flattening of the policies to a functional perspective, work, feminist and focused on a culture of individual rights. Starting from this relational framework - and taking advantage of the analysis of specific and updated statistical data as well as interesting international research - we have therefore sought to grasp the real complexity involved, which necessarily refers to the process of structuring personal identity, to judgment on the underlying self and on the exercise of reflexivity that makes it possible. Reflexivity and relationality therefore seem to constitute essential terms of reference for understanding the "new female identity"; an identity with multiple nuances, not exhaustive in macro-categories that try to silence the richness of the individual experience reducing it to simple stereotypes. Reflexivity and relationality both played on a double front: internal and external; if reflexivity, according to Archer's theory, is in fact what allows a link between subjective inclinations, preferences, talent and emerging cultural and structural properties, likewise, relationality is the criterion that guides the choices concerning the family, work and to their relationship. If reflexivity is what gives life to the decision-making process, relationality is what supports and directs it.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Moms & work: the complex relationship between motherhood and work
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)27-62
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • fecondita'
  • identita'
  • lavoro
  • maternita'


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