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Troubling MotherhoodMaternality in Global Politics$
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Lucy B. Hall, Anna L. Weissman, and Laura J. Shepherd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190939182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190939182.001.0001

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Speaking from the Margins of Motherhood

Speaking from the Margins of Motherhood

A Politics (M)otherwise

(p.273) Chapter 16 Speaking from the Margins of Motherhood
Troubling Motherhood

Sara C. Motta

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For centuries, the knowledges of raced mother-subjects have been denigrated, denied, and misrepresented. What might it mean, then, to bring to thought and to “speak” epistemologically and politically from this place of (m)other absence? In this chapter, the author explores such a (m)other speaking through three themes and experiences. The first is interruption and/as failure, in which the messiness of motherhood and the untimely, unruliness of children becomes present in the space-times of political encounter and foregrounds the possibilities of other affectivities of play and wonder and other rhythms of spontaneity and nonlinearity to enter as underpinnings of shared (political) collaborations and creations. The second is fragility, which is an invitation to embody stillness and silence to allow the unspeakable to emerge from wounds of coloniality and foregrounds a maternal ethic of care, mutual self-fragilization, and surrender to the unknown possibilities of Nepantla pluridiversity. The third is a methodology for healing mother-lines, which enables the recuperation of the maternal as an energy, a symbol, a memory, a story, a practice of being held, of being mothered and of mothering self, others, and cosmos. Together, these moments and experiences offer enfleshed visions with which we might co-create a (geo)politics (m)otherwise.

Keywords:   raced maternal, motherhood, Decolonial Feminisms, the unthought, Colombian feminist and peace movements, epistemologies of the Global South, multiple literacies, fragility, interruption, a politics (m)otherwise

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