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Moreover, the minutiae of child-rearing practices in any society are a product of
the total culture. They are interlaced with values which give that culture common
themes and unity. A great deal of what we take for granted as 'natural' in ...
Traditionally woman's most important role has been that of a disseminator of
culture through mothering. The fact that she has a uterus and lactates means that
she not only bears the children but is largely responsible for their care while they
In our own culture we have almost forgotten the part which other women can play
in sharing with the mother the experiences through which she is passing and in
helping her to feel safe and cherished. One newly delivered woman described ...
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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
No preview available - 1987
Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989