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Matrifocality is to some degree characteristic of all West African societies . The
Ibo of Eastern Nigeria have , for example , a patrilineal system , but the smallest
social unit consists not of a man , a woman and their children , but a woman and
In a West African village where Barbara Thompson carefully observed women in
labour , it was clear that they were expected to have their babies without making
a sound , and if a girl cried out she was called a coward and told that she was ...
In West Africa a labouring woman may kneel , with women holding her on either
side . She may prefer to hang from the rafters , swinging backwards and forwards
for part of her labour . Or she may crouch between two house posts , pulling ...
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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
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