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Mothers and Children: Feminist Analyses and Personal Narratives
edited by Susan Chase and Mary Rogers
Rutgers University Press, 2001
Cloth: 978-0-8135-2875-5 | Paper: 978-0-8135-2876-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-5761-8
Library of Congress Classification HQ759.C48 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.8743

This feminist exploration of mothers, mothering, and motherhood combines evaluations of empirical and theoretical work with personal narratives by mothers or caregivers. While the authors' analyses yield suggestions for new approaches to motherhood, the narratives vividly demonstrate the relevance of these issues to women's lives. The result is a nuanced picture of the complex realities mothers face, as well as their struggles, joys, and hopes for their children. In the book's first part, "Social Constructions of Motherhood," Chase and Rogers argue that dominant western views of motherhood have been and continue to be detrimental to most mothers and children. In the second part, "Maternal Bodies," the authors attend to the ways that American society and women themselves have regarded the physical aspects of motherhood. Mothers' bodies, the authors contend, have long been objects of cultural and political struggle. The final part, "Mothering in Everyday Life," suggests that only an understanding of the daily realities of mothering will lead to social and political changes promoting the welfare of mothers and children.

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