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Title: 'A mother first, last, and always' : a theological study, through life stories, of mothering a child on the autism spectrum
Author: Campbell, Eilidh
ISNI:       0000 0005 0286 6681
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2020
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This research seeks to offer a practical theological reflection on the experience of mothering a child on the autism spectrum. I begin by exploring contemporary literature on disability and autism to critically assess the tensions between the everyday challenges of daily mothering, and the wider impact of social attitudes and policies which occlude this experience. Adopting a feminist phenomenological approach, I then undertake an analysis of mothers’ life stories. These include my own autoethnographic writing, published memoirs and life story interviews. I draw on these to construct a theological reflection on the challenges experienced by mothers of children with a diagnosis of autism and use this as a basis to critique the existing theological literature in this field. Finally, I propose that the lived experience of the mothers necessitates a theological response which attends to the complexity and unsettled nature of lived experiences which resist incorporation into normative epistemic frameworks. It requires a theology of ‘unresolvement’.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: BV Practical Theology