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INSTINCT, CULTURE AND SOCIETY Labour itself is not only a biological act but
also a social process. We have seen already how in some societies it is the birth
of a child that is the consummation of a marriage, rather than sexual intercourse,
Eye contact between mother and baby can be a major 'social re- leaser"2.
Wolff23 found that human mothers who did not play much with their babies
suddenly began to do so as they appeared to focus their eyes during the fourth
week of life.
Evidence from ethology suggests that this may be a vital element in a healthy
social environment for the growing child. Harlow's experiments with rhesus
monkeys4 showed that the presence of other youngsters was important for
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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