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The mother puzzle : a new generation reckons with motherhood
Schwartz, Judith D.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [1993]

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288 pages ; 25 cm
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HQ759 .S2918 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Out of the Margin is the first volume to consider feminist concerns across the entire domain of economics. The book addresses the philosophical roots of 'rational economic man', power relations and conflicts of interest within the family, the limitations of relying on secondary data and the policy implications of neo-classical models.With its range and depth of coverage this is not only an excellent introduction to the field but also indespensible for those seeking more in depth knowledge of issues of gender and economics.

Author Notes

Judith Schwartz is a longtime freelance writer with wide-ranging experience with books, magazines, newspapers, and a variety of writing and editing clients. She has written articles for women¿s magazines, co- and ghost-written books with therapists and doctors as well as a couple of her own. Her work then went in a different direction when she wrote an article on the Transition movement. When the 2008 financial crisis hit, she started asking questions like, What is money? Each inquiry led to more reporting, which took her on a whirlwind journalistic tour of New Economics, which sees the purpose of the economy as serving people and the environment. This lead her to environmental economics - which lead to soil. From all of this research came her book entitled Cows Save The Planet. In her book she shares insights on how we treat the soil can tilt us toward environmental and economic resilience.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Schwartz, a 29-year-old journalist, examines her peers' ambivalence toward motherhood in a lightly researched personal discussion. Claiming that educated women of her generation face special conflicts in deciding when--if ever--to bear children, Schwartz argues that she and her contemporaries have been brought up to emulate their mothers in the home and their fathers in the workplace. She reviews the legacies of 1970s feminists (their advances as well as their drawbacks); invokes a number of pseudonymous young women's opinions about body image, fertility and career conflicts; and quotes Nancy Friday on the mother/daughter bond, Kim Chernin on the psychology of eating disorders, Nancy Chodorow on identity formation, etc. However, Schwartz makes only superficial use of her ``experts,'' depending on single authorities to support entire arguments and failing both to analyze the sources themselves and to address their critics. Her amiable report reflects little more than individual musings. First serial to Glamour and New Woman. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved