This week, we feature a talk by Genevieve Vaughan at the 2016 conference of the Mothering Institute for Research and Community Involvement in Toronto. Vaughan states that the act of mothering is unilateral gift-giving, and that an infant’s experience of being mothered (whether by biological mother or other) builds both the physical brain and the template of what it is to be human.
Host(s): Frieda Werden
Genevieve Vaughan’s 2015 book is titled The Gift in the Heart of Language: The Maternal Source of Meaning. Other works include For-Giving: A Feminist Criticism of Exchange, Free/Not Free, and the anthology Women and the Gift Economy. Cameo from video of neurobiologist Dr. Allan Schore is included in the speech.
Recorded and produced by Frieda Werden. Thanks to MIRCI – Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement for permission to record.