For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women

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The authors present provocative new perspectives on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.
 

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Ehrenreich and English look at what kind of advice we've been given for the last two hundred years. Although they provide a good deal of social, political, economic, and general background to the ... Read full review

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A history of how the status of women has changed since the Industrial Revolution, when the modern gender roles were delineated based on the new divisions of labor. Very well researched, and well ... Read full review

Contents

oNE In the Ruins of Patriarchy
3
Two Witches Healers and Gentleman Doctors
37
The Witch Hunts The Conflict over Healing Comes to America
65
THREE Science and the Ascent of the Experts
76
Four The Sexual Politics of Sickness
111
Five Microbes and the Manufacture of Housework
155
The Domestic Void The Romance of the Home Domestic
196
sēv EN Motherhood as Pathology
231
The Expert Allies with the Child The Doctors Demand
258
Obligatory Oedipus Complex Communism and the Crisis
276
EIGHT From Masochistic Motherhood
295
Midcentury Masochism Gynecology as Psychotherapy
325
The End of the Romance 2004
341
Acknowledgments
409
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Barbara Ehrenreich has written and lectured widely on subjects related to health care and women's issues. She has contributed articles to Time, Harper's, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. She is the bestselling author of nearly 20 books including Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch.

Deirdre English has written, taught, and edited work on a wide array of subjects related to investigative reporting, cultural politics, and public policy. She has contributed to Mother Jones, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications, and to public radio and television.

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