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Mom : the transformation of motherhood in modern America

Author: Rebecca Jo Plant
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the early twentieth-century United States, to speak of "mother love" was to invoke an idea of motherhood that served as an all-encompassing identity, rooted in notions of self-sacrifice and infused with powerful social and political meanings. Sixty years later, mainstream views of motherhood had been transformed, and Mother found herself blamed for a wide array of social and psychological ills. In Mom, Rebecca  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Philip Wylie; Betty Friedan; Philip Wylie; Betty Friedan; Betty Friedan; Philip Wylie
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Jo Plant
ISBN: 9780226670201 0226670201 9780226670232 0226670236
OCLC Number: 434745030
Description: xii, 250 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Debunking the all-American mom: Philip Wylie's momism critique --
Mothers of the nation: patriotic maternalism and its critics --
Pathologizing mother love: mental health and maternal affectivity --
Banishing the suffering mother: the quest for painless childbirth --
Mother-blaming and the feminine mystique: Betty Friedan and her readers.
Responsibility: Rebecca Jo Plant.

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Exploring such topics as maternal caregiving, childbirth, and women's political roles, this title deals with the groups that challenged older ideals of motherhood, including male critics who railed  Read more...

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"Ranging from Gold Star Mothers through natural childbirth, Mom makes the case for treating the decades from the 1920s through the early '60s as one period of sweeping change. This is essential Read more...

 
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