Identity and Mental Wellbeing through the Lifecourse
Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol
Engaging and accessible, Gendering Women explores the constructions of femininity and how they fundamentally affect women’s mental well being through the lifecourse. Drawing on accounts from women of growing up and growing older in the north of England, the book shows how experiences of becoming and being a woman—in family life, education, employment, motherhood, and in the presence of violence—both enable and erode self-confidence and self-esteem. The volume draws a critical link between contemporary gender theory and the lived experiences of women today and will appeal to students and scholars in sociology and the broader social sciences.
1. Gendering, inequalities, and the limits of policy
2. Gendering women’s minds: identity, confidence and mental wellbeing
3. Gendering girls, gendering boys: identities in process
4. Gendering and engendering violence in women’s everyday lives
5. Gendering education: the paradox of success versus status
6. Gendering reproduction: women’s experiences of motherhood and mental wellbeing
7. Gendering women’s labour: status, esteem and inequality in paid and unpaid work
8. Conclusions: The embodied infrastructure of women’s spaces, gender awareness, and the capacity for change
“Utterly timely. Challenging discourses of post feminism, this book returns us to the voices of women on the lived realities of their everyday lives. Highly recommended.”
"A well written and timely book on the important issue of women's identity and mental illness, across the life course, which will interest those researching in diverse disciplines."