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Ethnic Mothers

  • By: Cristina Herrera
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The term ethnic is often used to describe members of a nonwhite cultural/racial group. An ethnic group applies to people who share a common racial background. As such, ethnic mothers are nonwhite women who comprise this group. The word ethnic has also historically been used to connote difference to a dominant cultural/racial group. Ethnic mothers may also be referred to as women of color, racial ethnic women, or minority women.

Factors That Influence Experience

To better understand the experiences of ethnic mothers, feminist scholars of color have argued that one must take into account factors such as race/ethnicity, social class, sexuality, and gender, which will impact how a woman mothers her children. For ethnic women, gender alone does not form the basis of their identity; rather, ...

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