Mompreneurs, Leaning In and Opting Out: Work/Family Choices under Neo-Liberalism



mothering, work/family balance, family policy, canada


This article explores three trends in the search for work-life balance and relates these trends to the neoliberal family policy context in Canada. I argue that these models reflect current ideologies about motherhood, the state, and work. Ultimately, they reflect current ideas about intensive mothering and the ‘good mother’ and neoliberal norms surrounding the good worker and citizen.

Cet article explore trois tendances dans la recherche de l’équilibre entre le travail et la vie personnelle et relie ces tendances au contexte de la politique néolibérale de la famille au Canada. Je défends l’idée que ces modèles reflètent les idéologies actuelles sur la maternité, l’État et le travail. En fin de compte, ils reflètent les idées actuelles au sujet du maternage intensif et de la « bonne mère » et les normes néolibérales concernant le bon travailleur et le bon citoyen.


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Author Biography

Shauna Wilton, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus

Associate Professor of Political Studies


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