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Mothers on trial : the battle for children and custody

Author: Phyllis Chesler
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill Book Co., ©1986.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phyllis Chesler
ISBN: 0070107017 9780070107014 0883442116 9780883442111
OCLC Number: 12103373
Description: xviii, 651 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One: Mothers and custody --
1. An historical overview --
2. A contemporary overview --
3. What is a fit mother and father? An unfit mother and father? Who decides? --
4. Do "good enough" mothers still lose custody of their children in North America today? The results of an original study --
Part Two: The study in depth, I. What "crimes" do "good enough" mothers commit that result in maternal custodial victimization? --
5. The "sexual" mother: Anna Karenina today --
6. The "uppity" mother --
7. The lesbian mother --
Part Three: The study in depth, II. What crimes are committed against "good enough" mothers that result in maternal custodial victimization? --
8. The poor mother --
9. The mother married to a violent man --
10. Paternal brainwashing --
11. The "voluntarily" non-custodial mother --
12. The price of battle: Mothers encounter the psychological law --
Part Four: Maternal custody and the male state --
13. The mother-lawyer relationship --
14. The mother-judge and the father-judge relationships --
15. Fetal politics --
Who gets custody of the "test-tube" baby?: The reproductive rights of husbands, unwed fathers, sperm donors --
and of women --
16. Mothers in prison --
17. Mothers as prisoners of patriarchy: A comparison of contemporary custody trials and witchcraft trials --
18. The international custody situation --
Part Five: The mothers speak --
19. Mother's wisdom: Philosophical and political perspectives on having and losing children --
20. Children's rights --
21. Upon divorce --
22. Mothers' voices, written on the wind.
Responsibility: Phyllis Chesler.
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