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Author Plant, Rebecca Jo, 1968-

Title Mom : the transformation of motherhood in modern America / Rebecca Jo Plant

Publ Info Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2010
 CCRI-Prov.  HQ759 .P564 2010    AVAILABLE
 PC  HQ759 .P564 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  HQ759 .P564 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  HQ759 P564 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 250 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Note "Exploring such topics as maternal care-giving, childbirth, and women's political roles, Mom vividly brings to life the varied groups that challenged older ideals of motherhood, including male critics who railed against female moral authority, psychological experts who hoped to expand their influence, and women who wished to be defined as more than wives and mothers. In her careful analysis of how motherhood came to be viewed as a more private and partial component of modern female identity, Plan ultimately shows how women's maternal role has shaped their place in American civic, social, and familial life."--From the dust-jacket flap
LC subject Wylie, Philip, 1902-1971 -- Criticism and interpretation
Friedan, Betty -- Criticism and interpretation
Motherhood in popular culture -- United States
ISBN 9780226670201 :
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