Singing maternity through autoethnography: Making visible the musical world of myself as a mother

Mackinlay, Elizabeth (2009) Singing maternity through autoethnography: Making visible the musical world of myself as a mother. Early Child Development and Care, 179 6: 717-731. doi:10.1080/03004430902944320


Author Mackinlay, Elizabeth
Title Singing maternity through autoethnography: Making visible the musical world of myself as a mother
Journal name Early Child Development and Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-4430
Publication date 2009-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03004430902944320
Open Access Status
Volume 179
Issue 6
Start page 717
End page 731
Total pages 15
Editor Roy Evans
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 950101 Music
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
C1
Abstract There is perhaps no image more maternal and musical than that of a young mother cradling a child to her breast as she softly sings a sweet lullaby. Yet the way that a mother experiences, relates to and renders meaningful the social and musical moment of singing to her children remains silent and hidden in popular and academic discourse. In this paper, I will explore how music becomes mothering; that is, the way that women sing maternity and use music to mother; what music brings to their thoughts, feelings and identities as mothers; and, what kinds of interactions and interrelationships are created with their children through music as play and performance of mothering. Through auto-ethnographic processes of reflection and research about my own experiences as the mother of two sons, and engagement with a wide array of discourses about mothering; the voices and perspectives of women take centre stage in this paper. My main concern is to make visible the musical worlds of mothers and children and make known the power of maternal song in creating places of excitement, empowerment, love and peace in the home for mothers and children.
Keyword Mothering and music
Autoethnography
Lullabies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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