Mummy influencers and professional sharenting

Ana Jorge, Lidia Marôpo, Ana Margarida Coelho, Lia Novello

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Abstract

Sharenting (sharing parenting on social media) has become a widespread activity, and some of those parents become family influencers. Female influencers have been on the rise, partly as an alternative to the precariousness of the job market. This article presents a qualitative study on 11 Portuguese mummy and family influencers, analysing social media content observed throughout 2.5 years, as well as media discourses on them. It focuses on how these female content creators portray parenting and family, work–life balance as an influencer and their boundaries for privacy and intimacy. It demonstrates how prominent mummy influencers reproduce a neoliberal ethos which favours an individual management of reconciling motherhood and a career in the context of post-austerity and precarity, through an emotional discourse that promotes relatability with the audience, converted into an essentially consumerist agenda.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • Family
  • Motherhood
  • Mumpreneurs
  • Self-care
  • Social media

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