Commentary: Who, How, What, and Why?



Abstract Drawing on established literature on mothering practices, my commentary addresses four dimensions pertaining to the six case studies in this issue: (1) Who, in each case study, constitutes the cast of characters who provide mothering and why; (2) how do discrete interactions between mothering figures and children provide us with examples of overt socializing efforts and implicit enculturation; (3) what can we infer about the intersubjectivity of the mothering process; and (4) in each instance, what is the ecological and historical context that shapes mothering? [mothering; socialization; enculturation; childcare]