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In many cultures, mothers stress the sexual difference between themselves and
their sons, and between the boys and girls in the family. In our own society they
comment on the child's strength, boisterousness, aggression and naughtiness.
walking as soon, or are not potty-trained or reading as early as the infant next
door, compare their children's performance and compete with other mothers. It is
part of the socialization process for living in an industrialized, capitalist society in
The child is bucketed into an environment alive with inconsistencies and
contradictions which on the one hand reflects 'relaxed flexibility in child care' but
on the other must be very confusing because it involves pampering and
indulgence in ...
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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Ethics and Human Reproduction: A Feminist Analysis
No preview available - 1987
Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989