College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Rank

Associate Professor

Biographical Statement

Sarah LaChance Adams is Florida Blue Distinguished Professor and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics. She is also the Managing Editor for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What a “Good” Mother Would Do: The Ethics of Ambivalence (Columbia 2014); and is the coeditor of three anthologies: Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering (Fordham, 2012), New Philosophies of Sex and Love: Thinking through Desire (RLI, 2016). She has reviewed articles, research proposals, and dissertations for institutions in Australia, Israel, Canada, and the United States.

Title of Work

Chapter 35. Maternal Ambivalence

Type of Work

Book Chapter

Publication Information

ADAMS, S. L. (2021). Maternal Ambivalence. In A. O’Reilly (Ed.), Maternal Theory: Essential Readings, The 2nd Edition (pp. 571–582). Demeter Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv1s2t0hn.39

Description of Work

The mother-child relationship is usually considered in retrospect, from the point of view of the child, and for the sake of diagnosing adult pathology. Ambivalence is typically attributed to the infant, child, neurotic or psychotic. In contrast, I argue that maternal ambivalence has constructive potential. It is neither a moral, nor a psychological failure. Rather, it can positively contribute to the relationship between mother and child, and enhance the mother’s own psychological development.

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Chapter 35. Maternal Ambivalence

The mother-child relationship is usually considered in retrospect, from the point of view of the child, and for the sake of diagnosing adult pathology. Ambivalence is typically attributed to the infant, child, neurotic or psychotic. In contrast, I argue that maternal ambivalence has constructive potential. It is neither a moral, nor a psychological failure. Rather, it can positively contribute to the relationship between mother and child, and enhance the mother’s own psychological development.