Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Creative and Critical Contemplations in Honour of our Women Elders (Paperback)
Today, more and more grandmothers around the world are taking on varied responsibilities and many roles, sometimes concurrently. Consequently, grandmothers continue to play, as in the past, an influential role not only in the lives of their grandchildren, but also in our communities and in society more broadly. Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Creative and Critical Contemplations in Honour of our Women Elders, as the title suggests, seeks to pay homage to our grandmothers and their contributions to society. As well, it aims to explore the textured and complex phenomena of grandmothering from a range of disciplines and cultural perspectives. Our hope is that this collection challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be a grandmother and provides insight into the multifaceted nature of grandmothering.
Kathy Mantas, associate professor of education at Nipissing University, is interested in: arts education; artful inquiry; creativity in teaching-learning; ongoing teacher and adult learning; holistic and wellness education; and motherhood and mothering studies. She is the editor of On Mothering Multiples: Complexities and Possibilities (2016) and co-editor of Middle Grounds: Essays on Midlife Mothering (2018).
"Grandmothers & Grandmothering: Weaving Creative and Scholarly Perspectives In Honour of Our Women Elders is a timely and vast look at the subject. This take on the topic t offers new research, and considerations, on the importance of grandmothers. The result is both highly instructive, and optimistic about the possibilities of this identity, and the many roles it fills. The book challenges our notions of traditional grandmothers/mothering and, in doing so, spurs the subject to new research and conversational opportunities. Requiring a modern rewrite, this book reshapes the folklore around elder knowledge production and indeed, weaves, creativity and scholarship in important ways, resulting in an important reengagement with and identity category prone to dismissal." —Jessica Jennrich Ph.D., Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity, Grand Valley State University