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Helene Lopata5 has pointed out that school and work teach the young woman to
be 'task oriented, to measure accomplishments in terms of a finished product, and
to organize it in blocks of time within a specialized division of labour'.
In the middle of these tiring and apparently endless tasks she may catch sight of
herself in a mirror and be appalled at what ... There is so little social recognition
of what is actually involved in the fatiguing task of being a mother that women are
This is particularly the task of girls, but boys too are expected to do their share of
baby- minding. For the girls, however, the tasks persist long after the boy has left
home and joined peer groups of other boys intent on adventure, whether these ...
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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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