Research Seminar with Dr Linda Blum October 21st: “Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality”

WhereK6.63 Lecture Room, Strand Campus

When: October 21st, 2015, 13:00 -14:30

Linda Blum (Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University, Boston, USA) will chair a new Research Seminar “Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality” .

Abstract

generation XLinda Blum will provide an overview of her new book Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality. Based on three sources of qualitative data – in-depth interviews with diverse U.S. mothers, observations of special-education parents’ meetings, and analysis of popular advice — she examines how the burgeoning diagnoses of children in the U.S. with social, emotional, behavioral disorders conveys new cultural messages, revises notions of childrearing for an age of inequality, and compels mothers to take “personal responsibility” for maximizing their children’s brain development.  She reveals how mothers in widely varied households advocate for their children in the dense bureaucracies of the American educational and medical systems and wrestle with difficult decisions about the use of psychoactive medications. Finally, she demonstrates that an intersectional analysis is needed to make sense of U.S. mothers’ experiences of stigma and mother-blame.

For more information on Research Seminar Series, please contact Dr. Hanna Kienzler: hanna.kienzler@kcl.ac.uk

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