Construction of Identity

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The meaning of motherhood has continuously evolved from time to time. Women of the past have different views of being a mother than the modern women we have now. Society plays a big role in this change as it somehow dictates how a mother should be. Mothers try to continuously adapt to the society's dynamism to keep them up-to-date to the different challenges it has to offer.


She is a woman who, not only thinks of the welfare of her child, but also of others; a mother who is willing to sacrifice her own happiness, even her life, for the betterment of her child.
This concept of an ideal mother seems too good to be true. In the real world, motherhood has been interpreted in different ways. And these interpretations of being a mother also change as time goes by, as our society changes.
Since the nineteenth century up to the present, different figures of motherhood have been produced, each of a different context. These figures came about from the different social and political discourses in different times.
In a conservative political environment, the nation is being thought of as a family and it is believed that "mothers are constructed as the nation's and the family's moral guardian" (Woodward 1997:257). In this society, mothers are supposed to stay at home and just look after the children. Those who veer from this ideal are labeled immoral and unnatural. ...
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