In her 2010 book,
Motherhood & Feminism,
by Seal Press, Amber Kinser unfolds an engaged history of women's advocacy efforts related to motherhood. Well-researched and written for students and non-academic audiences, Motherhood and Feminism offers a substantive account of feminist maternal thought and activism in the United States.
“Read Amber’s book…and get with the modern women’s movement”
"Kinser shatters the myths about feminism and child rearing”
"Kinser writes lucidly about the struggle to empower mothers”
“Kinser's book is well written… If I were to teach a class, I'd start by using this book”
"Kinser has delivered another great addition to the Seal Studies library, examining a history which many of us do not stop to consider as being important." —Jillian Schweitzer
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Motherhood and the Family Meal
This study is funded by a $10,000 research development grant from ETSU. Over a decade of research findings show strong connections between families who frequently share meals together and positive psychological and health outcomes for family members, especially adolescents. This research has not, however, focused on the roles, experiences and perspectives of those responsible for orchestrating such meals. Despite social changes, mothers still remain largely responsible for family meal provision in the U.S. Kinser's study, a multi-phasic, mixed-methods project, will examine mothers’ perceptions of family-wide shared meals to discover how mothers experience such meal provision and what mothers see as critical issues for families sharing meals together.
Kinser has been working on a one woman show about mothering, maternal identity, and feminism. In 2011, she presented small scale performances at the National Women's Studies Association conference in Atlanta and the Organization for the Study of Communication Language and Gender conference in Evanston, IL. In May 2012 she did a keynote performance at the conference for the Motherhood Initiative for Research & Community Involvement (MIRCI). She hopes to continue building on these pieces for a future show.
Food, Families, and Feminism
Kinser is conceptualizing an anthology on this topic and is interested in talking with potential contributors of research-based studies written in accessible, narrative form. Call for submissions to be posted soon.
Mothers Surviving Cancer
Kinser has worked collaboratively with a research team examining mothers' stories about living with cancer. She is involved in the following two projects:
"Mothered, Mothering, and Motherizing in Illness Narratives: What Women Cancer Survivors in Southern Central Appalachia Reveal About Mothering-Disruption" by Dorgan, K.A., Duvall, K.L., Hutson, S.P., & Kinser A.E. Journal of Appalachian Studies, 19(1-2), pp. 59-81.
“Barriers to Family Cancer Communication
in Southern Appalachia"
by Duvall, K. L., Dorgan, K.A., & Kinser, A.E. 2012 Business Research Yearbook, XIX(1), pp. 281-286.
"Place-disease-gender in the interconnecting illness narratives of women cancer survivors in Southern Central Appalachia." Dorgan, K. A., Hutson, S. P., Duvall, K. L., Kinser, A. E., Hall, J.M. Women’s Studies in Communication, forthcoming.