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
Featured Speakers/Guests: 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.
Credits: Recorded and produced by Frieda Werden. Photo from “Why kindness is the key to the new economy” by Genevieve Vaughan: https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/genevieve-vaughan/why-kindness-is-key-to-new-economy
Thanks to MIRCI – Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement for permission to record.