In Lilian Cibils dissertation-turned-book, Immigration, Motherhood and Parental Involvement: Narratives of Communal Agency in the Face of Power Asymmetry (2017), the stories of seven Mexican immigrant mothers provide insight into what motherhood looks like outside the mainstream ideology of parental involvement. Using a critical feminist lens, Cibils employs the concept of motherwork as an alternative to a cultural deficit approach for understanding Mexican immigrant motherhood.


Narrative Inquiry, Motherwork, Women Immigrants, Parental Involvement

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Katie Scott is a doctoral student in the University of Georgia's Department of Communication Studies. Using primarily qualitative methods and an intersectional feminist approach, Katie studies the way women communicate about sexual health and chronic pain; communication in feminist alliances; and interracial communication. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Katie.Scott@uga.edu.


It is a pleasure to acknowledge Dr. Kathy Roulston at the University of Georgia's College of Education, whose instruction and feedback have helped develop my understanding of qualitative research.

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