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When a couple set up home together they can go and live with his parents or
hers, or can start a separate home of their own. What is normal for us, making a
separate home, is in fact the rarest system; most people live in extended families.
It is part of the same kind of confused logic that if it is advisable to separate some
babies from their mothers for paediatric observation in a central nursery, then it is
right to separate all babies from their mothers. And the obstetrician adds, 'All ...
Under these conditions the mother is also able to learn from and about her baby
in a way that is much more difficult for the woman who places her infant in its
separate nursery, attending to it only when it sends out distress signals.
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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
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
Getting and Not Getting Pregnant
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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