Title Mothering from the Field
Subtitle The Impact of Motherhood on Site-Based Research
Author Bahiyyah M. Muhammad , Mélanie-Angela Neuilly
ISBN 9781978800564
List price USD 29.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 308
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Rutgers University Press (Eurospan Group)
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Upending the common assumption that being a field researcher and mother are incompatible, this important volume not only provides insightful tips for merging parenthood and site-based research, but it also reveals the varied ways that caregiving for children can actually strengthen our connections in the field and provide a valuable lens for understanding and interpreting our data. Mothering from the Field is an indispensable resource for field researcher-mothers across the academy.”

Shannon Elizabeth Bell, field researcher-mother of two and author of Fighting King Coal


Mothering From the Field provides just the right mix of academic research on women in field- work-intensive fields, discussion of the institutional responsibilities of the academy, cautionary tales of the struggles of combining parenting and field work, and (to me) most importantly, practical ‘can do’ advice on how to do ‘what needs to be done.’  I recommend taking this book and your kids (and a sturdy stroller) and going for it!”

Rachel Connelly, co-author of Professor Mommy: Finding Work-Family Balance in Academia


The heated national conversation about gender equality and women in the workforce is something that women in academia have been concerned with and writing about for at least a decade. Overall, the conversation has focused on identifying how women in general and mothers in particular fair in the academy as a whole, as well as offering tips on how to maximize success. Aside from a long-standing field-specific debate in anthropology, rare are the volumes focusing on the particulars of motherhood’s impacts on how scientific research is conducted, particularly when it comes to field research.

Mothering from the Field offers both a mosaic of perspectives from current women scientists’ experiences of conducting field research across a variety of sub-disciplines while raising children, and an analytical framework to understand how we can redefine methodological and theoretical contributions based on mothers’ experiences in order not just to promote healthier, more inclusive, nurturing, and supportive environments in physical, life, and social sciences, but also to revolutionize how we conceptualize research.


Introduction (Mélanie-Angela Neuilly and Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad)


Part I. Women and Mothers Doing Field Research: What Do We Know? (Mélanie-Angela Neuilly)

Chapter 1. Women Working in the Field: Perspectives from STEM and Beyond (Kelly Ward,
Lisa Wolf-Wendel, and Lindsey Marco

Chapter 2. Fieldwork and Parenting in Archaeology (Stacey L. Camp)


Part II. The Truth Is, It Will Be Hard: The Difficulties of Doing Field Research for Mothers (Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad)

Chapter 3. Malaria and Spider-Man: Conducting Ethnographic Research in Niger with a Three-year-Old (Kelley Sams)

Chapter 4. Birthing in the Field (Lydia Zacher Dixon)

Chapter 5. Looking at the Field from Afar and Bringing it Closer to Home (Cecilia Vindrola-Padros)


Part III. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The Importance of Networks and Family Support (Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad)

Chapter 6. Parenting through the Field: Criminal Justice Ethnography, Cinematography, and Field Photography in Africa with Our Babies (Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad and Muntaquim Muhammad)

Chapter 7. Privilege, (In)Competence, and Worth: Conflicting Emotions of the Student-Mom and Her support community (Grace Karram Stephenson, John Stephenson, and Joanne Florence Karram)

Chapter 8. Fathering in Support of Fieldwork: Lactation and Bourgeois Feminism (and More Privileged White People’s Problems) (Brian C. Wolf)


Part IV. This Too Shall Pass: Field Research before, during, and after Motherhood (Mélanie-Angela Neuilly)

Chapter 9. Lactating in the Autospy Room: Mothering from the Field when the Field Is a Morgue and Your Child Is a Nursing Infant (Mélanie-Angela Neuilly)

Chapter 10. Fieldwork Adventures on the Mommy Track (Anne Hardgrove)

Chapter 11. Mommy in the Field: Raising Children and Breeding Plants (Kimberly Garland Campbell)


Part V. What Is the Field, Anyway? Mothers Redefining Field Methodologies (Mélanie-Angela Neuilly)

Chapter 12. Entangled Knowlegde: On the Labor of Mothering and Anthropological Fieldwork (Sarah Kelman)

Chapter 13. “Manman, Poukisa Y’ap Rele M Blan?” (Mama, Why Are They Calling Me a White?): Research and Mothering in Haiti (Marylynn Steckley)

Chapter 14. Birthing the Social Scientist as Mother (Deirdre Guthrie)

Chapter 15. Two Notes on Bringing Children Other Than Your Own Field (Aprille Ericsson, Dawn Ericsson Provine, Arielle Ericsson White, Mikae Provine, Pierre Ericsson, Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad, and Mélanie-Angela Neuilly)


Part VI. Practical Solutions to Complex Problems: Because Mothers Can Do Anything! (Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad)

Chapter 16. “I Don’t Know How You Do It!”: Countering a Narrative That Presumes That Researching and Mothering Are Incompatible (Ryanne Pilgeram)

Chapter 17. Ethnographic Research in Africa: The Hidden Costs of Conducting Fieldwork for Mothers with Children (Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad)

Conclusion (Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad and Mélanie-Angela Neuilly)


Notes on Contributors


About the Editors:

Bahiyyah Miallah Muhammad is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and criminology at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Mélanie-Angela Neuilly is an associate professor in the department of criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University in Pullman.

Target Audience:

This book an indispensable resource for field researcher-mothers across the academy. Also useful for people interested in sociology, anthropology, women’s studies, parenting/motherhood and education.


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