Women without place: a home for now: mothering within temporary shelter
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This project draws on nine months of ethnographic research in a domestic violence shelter, New Beginnings, to explore the experience of mothering within non-permanent shelter. Findings contribute to sociological literature on domestic violence through an illustration of how prevailing discourses on domestic violence and mothering shape the sheltering practices of New Beginnings and the mothering experiences of residents. I refer to these organizational practices and the impact on mothering as institutional mothering in that these discourses organize victims' lives. I argue that domestic violence discourse constrains choices that domestic violence victims can make, and thus limit mothers' empowerment.
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