The educational role of hegemonic motherhood: from the "official line" to dissident practices in Mexico
Tutor: Riánsares Lozano von Pola
Motherhood has been analyzed through different branches of feminism and gender studies. Research and insights that emerge from this field of knowledge production, can chart new paths by which to study issue.
This research aims to contribute to the critical analysis of the pedagogy of hegemonic motherhood through the visibility and recognition of dissident maternal practices that teach in a libratory way within Mexican society, as well as criticism of the educational methods which use hegemonic discourses to reinforcet it.
Taking into account the considerations of bell hooks (1994: 44) about a pedagogy of hope and bringing multiculturalismo into classroom, in which she alludes to social laboratory in which pedagogy plays an important role, we agree on the idea that:
Multiculturalism compels educators to recognize the narrow boundaries that have shaped the way knowledge is shared in classroom. It forces us all to recognize our complicit in accepting and perpetuating biases of any kind. Students are eager to break through barriers to knowing.
Doing this exercise of social and personal assessment will helps us to recognize responsibilities and become aware of the responsibility we have in beingimmersed in a community that only conceives of its internal processes with the help of pedagogical mediation.
We start by recognizing the idea that both maternity and family configurations in the XXI century in Mexico are diverse and plural and contradict the traditional constitution of family.
The objects of study of this project are the various practices and maternal experiences, particulary those of lesbian mothers, “single” mothers, racialized mothers, non biowomen mothers, feminist mothers, collective mothers. We want to focus on their knowledge and learn about the educational processes which appeal to intersectional mothers, as well as to name and make dissident and subversive mothers visible, whose experiences question the only “acceptable” form of motherhood and who reapropriate motherhood through their agency, contradicting the androcentric bias that seeks to reinforce a single mother figure.
Also the hegemonic discourses of the Church and the Nation-State are a part of our reflection, because they use their interests to describe and prescribe how a mother should be based what is expected to be in favor of their interests and to the detriment of women´s rights to make decisions about their own bodies in terms of reproduction and people´s right to form their own kinship models.