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Article

Mapping motherhood: Girls as Mothers in contemporary Russia

Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 2015. Vol. 8. No. 1. P. 93-109.

In this article is analyzed 30 biographical interviews with women who had a child before they turned 18; is studied the “discursive work” these girls do to develop their practices as correct ones and normalize early motherhood in their biography in general. The informants see having a child as a line of discontinuity between their infantile disadvantaged childhood and self-reliant autonomous adulthood. At the same time, they define the idea of ​​good motherhood not only through the internalization of and compliance with the dominant cultural codes, but also by relying on the biographical experience they have.