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Esther Muddiman, Sally Power, and Chris Taylor

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447355526

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447355526.001.0001

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Mothers, grandmothers and civic engagement

Mothers, grandmothers and civic engagement

(p.99) 6 Mothers, grandmothers and civic engagement
Civil Society and the Family

Esther Muddiman

Sally Power

Chris Taylor

Policy Press

This chapter assesses the central role that mothers and grandmothers play in sharing civic and pro-social values with younger generations. The data suggest that positive intergenerational relationships with female family members are associated with meaningful or mutually beneficial civic participation. Accounts from mothers and grandmothers in the study indicate that they play important roles in maintaining family closeness over time and suggest that (in)formal voluntary work is often seen as an extension of the maternal caring role. This is suggestive of a matrilineal transmission of civic values, with mothers and grandmothers as the most significant agents, and offers strong support to the arguments long made by feminist scholars for better recognition of the role of women in civil society. Here, the data portray the domestic or personal domain as a political space.

Keywords:   mothers, grandmothers, intergenerational relationships, female family members, civic participation, family closeness, voluntary work, maternal caring role, civic values, civil society

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