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Mothering and Creativity

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

Creativity refers to imagining or producing something new, novel, or original that is appropriate, useful, gives value, and is adaptive or significant to the discipline, topic, or subject at hand. A person is considered creative if he/she either makes new things/ideas or facilitates situations in which there is a high probability that something new will emerge. A creative person both recognizes and identifies a novel and appropriate solution when it appears.

The concept of creativity is not restricted to eminent artists; it also applies, for example, to scientific and business practices, as well as to persons who are innovative in their solutions to everyday challenges. The juxtaposition of the two terms, mothering and creativity, suggests a number of possibilities, including whether mothers, by definition, create; whether ...

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