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While the aunt is one of the most iconic and beloved figures in popular culture, the societal role and import of real-life contemporary aunts are difficult to pin down. In some settings, she is the sole supporter, caregiver, or surrogate mother and exceeds her familial function as an aunt. In others, she subtly--or not so subtly--transgresses the assumed narrative of feminine identity. Surveying characters from Aunt Bee and Auntie Em to Bernie Mac's Aunt Wanda and House of Payne's Aunt Ella and countless living, breathing aunts across the country, Where the Aunts Are re-visions the ideals of family, femininity, and kinship and, in the process, offers a hopeful and progressive recognition of the multiple possibilities of womanhood in modern culture.

Synopsis:

How aunts in modern culture shape and subvert the traditional role of women

About the Author

Patricia J. Sotirin is Professor of Communication at Michigan Technological University and co-author of Aunting: The Cultural Practices that Sustain Family and Community Life with Laura L. Ellingson. Laura L. Ellingson is Professor of Communication and Women's and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University and co-author of Aunting: The Cultural Practices that Sustain Family and Community Life with Patricia J. Sotirin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Whats Up with Aunts?
1. (Not) Like a Mother: Black and White Maternal Aunts
2. “Othered” Aunting: Race, Class, and Institutionalized Misogyny
3. Like a (Bad) Mother: Neotraditional and Malevolent Aunts
4. Wisdom and Witchcraft: Magical Aunts and Nieces
5. Eccentric Aunts: Sanity, Sexuality, and Spectacle
6. Commodifying the Aunt
Conclusion: The Impact of Aunts
Appendix I: Aunt Websites
Appendix II: Popular Sources
Notes
References
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781602583306
Author:
Ellingson, Laura L.
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Author:
Sotirin, Patricia J.
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Aunts
Subject:
extended family
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
sociology of family
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Aunt Bee
Subject:
Aunt Jemima
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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