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Dilemmas of AdulthoodJapanese Women and the Nuances of Long-Term Resistance$
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Nancy Rosenberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836962

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836962.001.0001

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Planning and Cocooning

Planning and Cocooning

Mothers at Home

(p.100) Chapter Five Planning and Cocooning
Dilemmas of Adulthood

Nancy Rosenberger

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how nonworking mothers have coped with dilemmas associated with marriage, work, and their young children through planning and cocooning. Drawing on interviews with fourteen full-time stay-at-home mothers who have delayed marriage, the chapter explores the nature of their experience of marriage and children. It also considers how these mothers' ambivalence affects their relations with their children and husbands that often confront them with the very contradictions they have been avoiding by staying single. It shows that stay-at-home mothers must deal with the tension caused by the contradiction of family versus self, but ease it by seeing motherhood as easier than other work. It explains how cocooners seem to have lost the ambivalence of their long-term resistance as singles, channeling all their energies toward children and a framework for future status.

Keywords:   dilemmas, marriage, work, children, stay-at-home mothers, ambivalence, long-term resistance, tension, motherhood, cocooning

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