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Such a baby must be born in the bush , where its pollution can harm no one , and
be immediately suffocated . It is then thought of as never having lived . The girl
goes through a process of ritual purification and , once clean , can later become a
13 Immediately following birth the mother begins to learn , if she is given the
opportunity of uninterrupted contact with the baby , the signs by which she is
soon able to recognize her baby as distinct from any other . For this to happen the
Other mothers said that they were not allowed to hold their babies immediately
because they were too busy with the placenta ' . These mothers clearly
surrendered their babies reluctantly , and some experienced helpless anger .
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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