Title page for ETD etd-11242009-020048

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Farmer, Ted Anthony
URN etd-11242009-020048
Title Politics and society in Virginia, 1960-1969 :new course for the Old Dominion
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kaufman, Burton I. Committee Chair
Shifflett, Crandall A. Committee Member
Wallenstein, Peter R. Committee Member
  • Virginia
Date of Defense 1991-10-15
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In this study, the experiences and perspectives of 10 bereaved mothers were investigated. The research was guided by a feminist and contextual perspective. A contextual theory of stress supports an examination of the perspectives of individuals in families regarding the impact of stressful circumstances. Individuals are assumed to be both active and responsive to the social system which includes individual, dyadic, familial, social, community, and cultural levels of analysis. A feminist perspective emphasizes reflexivity, collaboration, emotionality, and accessibility in the process of research and focuses attention to broader cultural ideologies which influence the lives of individuals. Women's lives carry with them the assumption of motherhood and the protection of children. When a young child dies, mothers find themselves in a marginalized social category

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