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When the mother-in-law's role is to instruct and guide the pregnant woman in this
way, she is not merely handing down family or local traditions. Her function is
wider and far more significant in terms of social continuity. She acts as the ritual ...
This is the basis of all ritual, of whatever kind: ritual value is given to occasions
and natural and supernatural, which they depend on, obey, and love, but of
which they are also in awe. Whilst pregnancy in most societies is considered a
In pre-industrial societies the unfolding script of the individual's life cycle, with its
transformations, becomings and peak experiences, provided the scenario for the
ritual representations of change in social status and modifications role.
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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
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Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989