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Power, politics, and the mourning mother: A cross-cultural analysis of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

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2001
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the United States (MADD) and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina each formed out of a loss of its children and organized under the identity of the mother in order gain access to the political arena. Transformed into political movements, both groups of mothers were able to effectively bring about changes in public policy, and therefore, society as a whole. Additionally, they were able to transcend traditional cultural norms, by redefining the role and identity of the mother. By exploiting opportunities that propelled them into positions of power, the women fundamentally changed the concept of power itself, to include components of the traditionally female realm, which has historically been absent from the way in which power has been perceived.
Title: Power, politics, and the mourning mother: A cross-cultural analysis of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
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Name(s): Scarpa, Shelby Lynn.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Brown, Susan Love, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2001
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 135 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the United States (MADD) and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina each formed out of a loss of its children and organized under the identity of the mother in order gain access to the political arena. Transformed into political movements, both groups of mothers were able to effectively bring about changes in public policy, and therefore, society as a whole. Additionally, they were able to transcend traditional cultural norms, by redefining the role and identity of the mother. By exploiting opportunities that propelled them into positions of power, the women fundamentally changed the concept of power itself, to include components of the traditionally female realm, which has historically been absent from the way in which power has been perceived.
Identifier: 9780493418209 (isbn), 12858 (digitool), FADT12858 (IID), fau:9732 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2001.
Subject(s): Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Organization)
Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Association)
Mothers--Psychology
Women in politics
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