Good Enough Mothering? Feminist Perspectives on Lone Motherhood

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NOTES
1
This chapter uses material first published as an UNRISD Discussion Paper for the Social Summit in Copenhagen, 1995 (Moore 1994b).
2
Data from Botswana in the 1980s showed that 42 per cent of urban households and 47.5 per cent of rural households were female headed, and the figures overall suggested both a decline in marriage and an increase in migration for males (Van Driel 1994:25).
3
Dependency ratios are defined as the number of resident productive adults in a household compared to the number of dependants (children, elderly, sick).
4
Data from Mexico bear out these attitudes by men towards marriage and children in situations of economic stress (Chant 1991), and data from Africa point to the large number of women deserted by male partners once they become pregnant, as well as cases where husbands or partners refuse to contribute to child maintenance (Van Driel 1994:173-6, 189-203).
5
My argument in this section and those that follow is indebted to the work of Nancy Folbre (1991, 1994) from whom I take my understanding and inspiration.

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