In this review article, we explore discursive configurations of motherhood and the ways in which class informs how young women engage with these in the construction of their biographies. Our theoretical starting point is principally sociological; we contend that the meanings and identities associated with 'the maternal' have been transformed by the impact of neo-liberalism, and that these produce dilemmas for young women as they constitute themselves as learners and future workers. This article reviews contemporary literature which engages with the ways in which the maternal is a key feature in the (re)making of classed and gendered identities.
How to Cite
Allen, K. & Osgood, J., (2009) “Young women negotiating maternal subjectivities: the significance of social class”, Studies in the Maternal 1(2), 1-17. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.104