The Role of Mothers in the Transmission of Culture: A Social History (Softcover)

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Pages:256
ISBN:1-4955-0877-3
978-1-4955-0877-6
Price:$29.95

Reviews

“This work builds clearly upon previous scholarship by the author and others, so it is a well-worn path, making her analysis more intense and knowledgeable. It is a fascinating study exploring the activity of mothers in the cultural formation of their offspring… The work provides a wonderful historical landscape in human history…”
-Dr. Glen Reynolds,
University of Sunderland


Table of Contents

Preface
The Maternal Monopoly
Ancient motherhood
The maternal vocation in Christian Europe
Modern maternalism
The maternal monopoly challenged
Obsessions of the Learned
The medical tradition
The clerical tradition
The legal tradition
Pedagogues
Blood and milk
The School of Infancy
Language lessons
Songs, stories, and old wives’ tales
Maternal Circles
Communities of women
The childbirth scene
Pollution and purification
Healing and mourning
Cruel Mothers
The Medea complex
Contraception and abortion
Abuse, neglect, and betrayal
Child preference
Golden boys
Bibliographical note
Index

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