Discourses and Practices of Motherhood in Contemporary Europe

Matka Polka, the archetypal Polish mother traditionally embodying patriotism, sacrifice, and unconditional love, is a much debated concept in Poland. A sociocultural and historically embedded construct, the Matka Polka image has evolved since its emergence in the 19th century, appropriating various additional meanings and features over the years: the mother fighter, the resourceful mother, or, most recently, the neoliberal super-mother.

The complexities entailed in the Matka Polka figure scrutinizes the historical and contemporary functions including, importantly, the impact of migration on mothering practices and discourses on motherhood in Poland and Europe.

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