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For her own good : two centuries of the experts' advice to women

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich; Deirdre English
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book   Computer File : English : 2nd Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ehrenreich, Barbara.
For her own good.
New York : Anchor Books, 2005
(OCoLC)655491517
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Ehrenreich; Deirdre English
ISBN: 1400078008 9781400078004
OCLC Number: 57688414
Description: xx, 410 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. In the ruins of patriarchy. The woman question ; The new masculinism ; Feminist and domestic solutions ; Science and the triumph of domesticity --
The rise of the experts. 2. Witches, healers, and gentleman doctors. The witch hunts ; The conflict over healing comes to America ; Healing as a commodity ; The popular health movement ; Lady doctors join the competition --
3. Science and the ascent of the experts. The moral salvation of medicine ; The laboratory mystique ; Medicine and the big money ; Exorcising the midwives --
The reign of the experts. 4. The sexual politics of sickness. A mysterious epidemic ; Marriage : the sexual-economic relation ; Femininity as a disease ; Men evolve, women devolve ; The dictatorship of the ovaries ; The uterus vs. the brain ; The rest cure ; Subverting the sick role : hysteria --
5. Microbes and the manufacture of housework. The domestic void ; The romance of the home ; Domestic scientists put the house in order ; The crusade against germs ; The manufacture of new tasks ; Feminism embraces domestic science ; "Right living" in the slums ; Domesticity without the science --
6. The Century of the child. Discovery of the child ; The "child question" and the woman question ; The mothers' movement ; The experts move in --
7. Motherhood as pathology. The expert allies with the child ; The doctors demand permissiveness ; Libidinal motherhood ; Bad mothers ; "Momism" and the crisis in American masculinity ; The obligatory Oedipus complex ; Communism and the crisis of overpermissiveness --
The fall of the experts. 8. From masochistic motherhood to the sexual marketplace. Mid-century masochism ; Gynecology as psychotherapy ; Revolt of the masochistic mom ; The rise of the single girl ; Spread of the singles culture ; Popular psychology and the single lifestyle --
Afterword : the end of the romance (2004).
Responsibility: Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English.
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From the Publisher: A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.

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