chapter  1
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Marginalised mothers: Representations and research

Nicky has five children by five different men . . . Nicky lives with her dishevelled-looking brood in an equally unkempt four-bedroom council house in Knowsley, Merseyside – known as Single Mother Central. Twothirds of Knowsley is designated Green Belt, and not far away from the urban sprawl is glorious countryside dotted with wild flowers. Yet the number of single mothers grows ever higher. So what has gone wrong? Quite simply, when it comes to having children, Knowlsley exists in a moral vacuum. Tragically, it doesn’t even occur to women such as Nicky Schiller that what they are doing might be wrong.