Mothering and Entrepreneurship: Global Perspectivism Identities and Complexities
This book focuses on a specific subset of work and the economy for entrepreneurial mothers across contexts. Here, we explore how socio-cultural, economic and national contexts (re)structure and (re)frame multiple nodes of power, difference, and the lived realities for mothers as workers across diverse contexts. At a broad level, the chapters address the different histories of oppression, movement of people, socio-economic conditions that underpin that experience, and, the various axes of power that affect the precariousness of work and citizenship on a global scale. On a more specific level, we set the work-family discourse within many points of contentions related to how researchers have conceptualized work-life interface, the specific assumptions embedded within these investigations, and the implications of these for how we (re)present the dynamics related to mothering and entrepreneurship. We see this type of interrogation as an important aspect of reframing not just the understanding of work-life interface, but also, that of how these affect the specific practices, choices, and responses of entrepreneurial mothers within specific localities and positionalities.
Melanie Knight is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts on Blackness and Black Diasporic Education at Ryerson University. Her areas of research include Black organizing and activism, Black women business ownership, and Black economic initiatives.
Other publications from this author include:
- "The demise of a Black organization: The Home Service Association (1921-1965)" in Canadian Journal of History 55 (1-2), 1-34. (2020)
- "Whiteness invented" in Power and Everyday Practices, 147-169 (2019)
- "Black Women's Small Businesses as Historical Spaces of Resistance" in Working Women in Canada: An Intersectional Approach, 203-222 (2019)
- "Race-ing, classing and gendering racialized women's participation in entrepreneurship" in Gender, Work and Organization, 23 (3), 310-327 (2016)