Visualizing Sociology in Everyday Life

5. “Are you the ‘real’ mother?”

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"Are you the 'real' mother?"
photo: Lisa Southwick

In the United States, a parent and his or her biological offspring can be considered different races. What must this mother and daughter do in public settings to send the message they are family? What does it mean to a mother when her relationship to her child is challenged and she must defend her status as ‘the real mother’?


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