Rules of Engagement: Navigating the Realm of Online Mommy Groups

  • Cynthia Ing University of Guelph

Abstract

This reflective essay features musings of navigating the terrain of online mommy groups on Facebook and a critical analysis of the role spectatorship plays in shaping contemporary motherhood.

Author Biography

Cynthia Ing, University of Guelph
Cynthia Ing is a parent and doctoral student in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Her primary area of research investigates the nexus between intermedial and intercultural theatre practices, focusing on the impact social and digital media technology have on the formation of cultural identity.

References

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Arnold, Lorin Basden. Taking the Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood, and Social Media. Demeter Press, 2016.

Chae, Jiyoung, “‘Am I a Better Mother than You?’ Media and 21st-Century Motherhood in the Context of the Social Comparison Theory,” Communication Research, 42, no. 4, (2015): 503-525.

Fischer-Lichte, Erika, “The Art of Spectatorship,” Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 4, no. 1 (2016): 164-179.

Podnieks, Elizabeth. Mediating Moms: Mothers in Popular Culture. McGil-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Published
2019-10-04