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Electric Mommyland

A Lil’ Bit About the Digital Humanities.

The Digital Humanities are a new area of theory and praxis within the university. Innovative technologies are advancing academic initiatives in ways that make it possible to more easily disseminate ideas and interact with community. This website is the result of my DH Praxis 2014-15 class and my Sociology of Gender class at The Gradate Center, CUNY. My aim is to facilitate the process by which individuals gain access to information that empowers them, in places that support digitally enhanced programing.  I hope that projects like these encourage a mandate of life-long learning.

Electric Mommyland; “Writing a Sociological History Through Auto-Ethnographical Art and Music Performance Towards a Deeper Understanding of Everything Mom.”

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Abstract

The purpose of my thesis, Electric Mommyland is to write a sociological history through auto-ethnographical art and music performance towards a deeper understanding of everything mom. “Electric Mommyland” represents a period in time well-documented through music, video and photographs, as well as through media interviews, featuring a number of artists who were also mothers.  Just as Dorothy Smith invited women to “grasp their own authority to speak” within a feminist sociology in the 1980s (Pg. 34), we were staking claim to the relatively uninhabited space of mother articulations within an area of the performing arts in the 1990s. The energy of this initiative was a spirited revolution against the tyranny of subsumed identity within the role of the mother/housewife. The movement formed organically as a source of empowerment and connection. But, within a few years an assimilation process began. By 2006 motherhood was being used to sell everything from sex, to diapers, and dishwashers. The “mom rock”/Mamapalooza initiative coincided with an academic feminist mother configuration in Canada, which continues to make headway. Mom rock was ultimately subsumed by a consumer society that translates terms like “action” and “agency” into the economic imperatives within a mainstream ideology. It is within that ideology a new “mommy identity” continues to thrive. By exploring this sociological history I aim to facilitate a better understanding of current evolutions (or de-evolutions) of a modern American mother’s movement as well as create a backdrop for those wishing to do future research on this topic. (Thank you Alice Leon for your song “I’m So Busy” featured here.)

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