Mom : The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America
By: Plant, Rebecca Jo.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (264 p.).ISBN: 9780226670232.Subject(s): Electronic books. -- local | Friedan, Betty -- Criticism and interpretation | Motherhood -- United States | Motherhood in popular culture -- United States | Wylie, Philip, -- 1902-1971 -- Criticism and interpretationGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Mom : The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern AmericaDDC classification: 306.8743 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Debunking the All-American Mom: Philip Wylie's Momism Critique -- 2. Mothers of the Nation: Patriotic Maternalism and Its Critics -- 3. Pathologizing Mother Love: Mental Health and Maternal Affectivity -- 4. Banishing the Suffering Mother: The Quest for Painless Childbirth -- 5. Mother-Blaming and The Feminine Mystique: Betty Friedan and Her Readers -- Notes -- Index
In the early twentieth century, Americans often waxed lyrical about "Mother Love," signaling a conception of motherhood as an all-encompassing identity, rooted in self-sacrifice and infused with social and political meaning. By the 1940s, the idealization of motherhood had waned, and the nation's mothers found themselves blamed for a host of societal and psychological ills. In Mom, Rebecca Jo Plant traces this important shift by exploring the evolution of maternalist politics, changing perceptions of the mother-child bond, and the rise of new approaches to childbirth pain and suffering. Plant
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