Classed formations of shame in white, British single mothers

Charlotte Morris, Sally Munt

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Abstract

This paper discusses the formation of shame in a group of white heterosexual British women originally from middle-class backgrounds. Narrative interviews convey how participants perceive their lives to have been ‘spoiled’ and stigmatized through becoming single mothers. They articulate perceptions of how their lives have fallen short of idealised heteronormative, middle-class trajectories of neoliberal success and adopt a range of narrative strategies to counter this, informed by the politics of shame in relation to single motherhood in contemporary Britain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-249
JournalFeminism & Psychology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2019

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