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Making modern mothers : ethics and family planning in urban Greece

Author: Heather Paxson
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Making Modern Mothers is an anthropological account of changing ideas about gender and fertility control in contemporary urban Greece.

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""Making Modern Mothers explores the ethics of reproductive agency and the changing meanings of motherhood in modern Greece where abortion is still more widely practiced than modern contraception, and having children represents a woman's social-moral achievement. In this very readable ethnography, Paxson analyzes how urban women manage their reproductive and sexual lives, and make sense both of being women and of being mothers. This is a welcome addition to a growing comparative literature."--Gail Kligman, author of "The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu's Romania "Whether addressing abortion, family planning, or pronatalist population policy, Paxson has perfect pitch, grounding these issues in women's stories, concerns, and dilemmas as they seek to achieve and embody a sense of modern Greek femininity."--Faye Ginsburg, author of "Contested Lives " "An arresting book. ... It is a powerful commentary on the cultural specificities of morality in the modern world."--Michael Herzfeld, author of "Cultural Intimacy " "A fascinating study. Paxson's focus on ethics allows her to explain why individuals' efforts to be good women, mothers, doctors, and citizens can lead to counterintuitive results, such as high rates of abortion in a country where most women aspire to motherhood and politicians decry the low birth rate."--Jane F. Collier, author of "From Duty to Desire: Remaking Families in a Spanish Village.  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Paxson
ISBN: 0520223713 9780520223714 0520238206 9780520238206
OCLC Number: 51817478
Description: xvi, 335 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Varnava Square --
Realizing Nature --
Remaking Mothers: From an Ethic of Service to an Ethic of Choice --
Rationalizing Sex: Family Planning and an Ethic of Well-Being --
Maternal Citizens: Demographics, Pronatalism, and Population Policy --
Technologies of Greek Motherhood --
Total Fertility Rates, European Union Countries, 1960-2000 --
Legislation of the Greek State Pertaining to Gender Equality, Marriage, Family, and Reproduction --
Birthrates, Greece, 1934-1999.
Responsibility: Heather Paxson.
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In Greece, women speak of mothering as 'within the nature' of a woman. This anthropological study of reproductive politics and ethics in Athens, Greece, tracks the effects of increasing consumerism  Read more...

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