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But biology apart , it leads to a relationship with them which overlaps with the
maternal role , increasingly so in our society , but is nevertheless distinct from it .
In a world of change and shifting values maybe it is this which is the most
According to Lopata the American marriage ideal focuses on ' relational and
sentimental features ' , that is , it has to do with warmth of feeling and the quality
of the relationship . But in fact more and more ideals about the maternal role also
The very insistence upon a ' good mother - child relationship ' can itself make
such a relationship harder to achieve , and I suspect that some of the best
relationships have emerged when the mother , happy in herself , has simply ' got
on with it ...
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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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