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Mother troubles : rethinking contemporary maternal dilemmas
Hanigsberg, Julia E.
Publication Information:
Boston : Beacon Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xx, 363 pages ; 23 cm
"Not my way, Sesha, your way, slowly" : maternal thinking in the raising of a child with profound intellectual disabilities / Mothers who fail to protect their children : accounting for private and public responsibility / Child endangerment, parental sacrifice : a reading of the binding of Isaac / Punishment and prejudice : judging drug-using pregnant women / Cultural stereotype and the legal response to pregnant teens / Leaving children for work / Always connect : toward a parental ethics of divorce / Law of the father / Lessons from the Titanic : start with the people in steerage, women and children first / Lesbian families : dilemmas in grounding legal recognition of parenthood / Reimagining adoption and family law / "Ordinary mother" as oxymoron : the collusion of theology, theory and politics in the undermining of mothers / Reflection on three verbs : to father, to mother, to parent / Ideals and realities of motherhood : a theological perspective / Dilemmas of passion, privilege, and isolation : reflections on mothering in a white, middle-class nuclear family
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"A marvelous collection . . . unified by its determination to speak on behalf of mothers assailed by government policies, social institutions and a culture of mother blaming. . . . These essays open the way for more direct, compassionate, respectful and constructive responses to the dilemmas facing families and mothers." -Alison M. Jaggar, author of Feminist Politics and Human Nature

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Booklist Review

Hanigsberg and Ruddick have assembled an insightful, stimulating collection of essays by women, mostly legal theorists and scholars, who write from a feminist perspective about the ways societal and cultural beliefs concerning mothering and mothers are reflected in law and public policy. The inclusion of essays by religious theorists demonstrates the profound influence of religion not only on the thinking and behavior of mothers in fulfillment of their role but in the formation of cultural expectations and social standards. The essays demonstrate that there is a standard for mothers to which fathers are not held. Mothers are expected to be perfect and are punished when they fail to achieve perfection; yet there are few programs in place to support mothers in providing adequate care for their children. The inclusion of contributors from various disciplines allows a multifaceted look at a pervasive aspect of society. The essays are thoughtful and provocative, scholarly yet reflective of the experience of the authors. The first and last essays, reflective "bookends" for the interior essays, are intensely personal accounts. --Grace Fill