My research is focused on women’s work and family, and on motherhood and family life. I am currently involved in a range of projects that critically examine the interactions of families and societies. A number of these projects explore how neo-liberal discourses of health and consumption impact on the relationships between mothers and children and how families respond to circulating discourses about consumption and responsibility. My current focus is the ARC funded DP160100257 Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences which critically explores the mobilisation of children as vectors for public messages and objectives.
I am involved in a number of gendered violence projects focused on how criminal justice mobilises notions of femininity and masculinity gender in crime and and punishment.
- Widespread public concern with obesity means children are seen as advocates for change in family health practices. This study Child health advocacy examines how health knowledge taken home by primary aged children impacts on children’s well-being, family food practices, and family relationships. It investigates the consequences for children and families, with particular attention to diverse family ... Read more
- Seear, K., Fraser, S., Wright, J., Maher, JM. & Petersen, A. (2010). ‘Peeling away the onion’: Report on a national consultation on childhood obesity research, policy and practice in Australia, Monograph. Clayton Vic: Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University. Pickering, S., Maher, J. & Gerard, A. (2009) Final Report to ... Read more