The Effect Of Neoliberalism On Changing Notions Of Motherhood And Fatherhood


The Effect Of Neoliberalism On Changing Notions Of Motherhood And Fatherhood

There is a growing worldwide interest in conducting multidisciplinary research, and there is a particular focus on research that is culturally sensitive and context specific. In pursuit of this goal, the Institute of Cultural Studies, in collaboration with the Central Office of Research, is actively working to establish opportunities for conducting multidisciplinary research that are cultutally relevant.

As part of these efforts, the Institute of Cultural Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, will host Dr. Mugambwa Joshua for a two-week visit from November 5th to November 18th, 2023. Dr. Mugambwa Joshua, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Leadership and Governance at Makerere University Business School in Uganda, will be participating in research activities related to the Strengthening Capacity for Research and Shifting Notions of Motherhood and Fatherhood for Improved Children Wellbeing in Africa (SCaRPE-A) project. This project is one of the research initiatives conducted by the African Universities Alliance’s Centre of Excellence in Identity (ARUA CoE Identities).

Dr Mugambwa Joshua will discuss about the effect Neoliberalism on changing notions of motherhood and fatherhood. He posits that fatherhood and motherhood identities are continuously evolving because of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism has emphasized individualism, work, as well as various ways and means of searching for money and survival. As such, life experiences amidst neoliberalism change people’s values and loyalties and identities. Neoliberalism has shifted time-intensive and child-centered parenting by limiting time available to enhance children’s social desirability, positive outlook and positive emotions. While neoliberalism has shifted notions of motherhood and fatherhood identities, its impact is a much-neglected topic.

His research shows that neoliberalism has enhanced the gender revolution. The roles and activities of fatherhood and motherhood are determined by time available from work. Working mothers and working fathers have impacted on child wellbeing in positive and negative ways. Money raised is used for child care which also boosts their self-esteem. However, looking for survival driven by needs and money has emphasized individualism as opposed to communal raising of children. Time away while at work is lost care for children. Parents’ work in some cases has negative consequences for children’s social and emotional well-being.  

Dr Mugambwa Joshua would this discussing this and more with scholars. The university public is encouraged to be part of this discussions at any of these places and venue listed below.

Dates1000am to 1200pmLunch break200pm to 400pm
Tuesday November 7Interactive Session at IFEDS   Seminar at Central office of Research Governing within the box: what more can we do with academic research outputs
Wednesday November 8Interactive Session at the Gender and Social Policy Studies   Interactive Session at the Institute of Public Health
Thursday November 9Public Seminar: Institute of Cultural Studies This is aimed at providing an avenue for Dr Mugambwa to present his research project to scholars in the University and colleagues in the Diaspora, and get feedbacks. Interactive Session at the Department of Sociology
November 13Manuscript writing clinic  



ARUA Centre of Excellence in Notions of identity in Africa (ARUA CO-E Identities)

School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University