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When a couple set up home together they can go and live with his parents or
hers , or can start a separate home of their own . What is normal for us , making a
separate home , is in fact the rarest system ; most people live in extended families
... physical extension of herself , but then must become separate and
independent , and yet only when the right time has been reached : Growing up
successfully depends on the resolution of this conflict and this means both love
and distance .
Under these conditions the mother is also able to learn from and about her baby
in a way that is much more difficult for the woman who places her infant in its
separate nursery , attending to it only when it sends out distress signals .
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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
Snippet view - 1989