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Daughter-Centricity

  • By: Terri B. Pantuso
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Daughter-centricity is a term used often in association with psychoanalytic theory to describe the narrative of the daughter/child that comes at the expense of the narrative of the mother. While the subject of the narrative may be the experience of motherhood, daughter-centric accounts are conveyed through the singular perspective of the daughter, thus skewing the position toward that of the daughter/child while marginalizing or ignoring the position of the mother. Daughter-centricity can be viewed as developing out of the oedipal theory of psychoanalysis, both processes that deny maternal subjectivity in favor of the child's sense of selfhood and independence. Striving for selfhood through maternal denial results in a negation of the mother, or as has often been found in myths, legends, and folklore, the demonizing ...

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