The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender

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University of California Press, 1978 - Femmes - Psychologie - 263 pages
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""The Reproduction of Mothering" was that rare book that had a major impact on two different constituencies: feminists and psychoanalysts. It was a must-read in 1978, putting object-relations theory on the map in the United States, and it remains a must-read today. It continues to shape the thinking of analysts and feminists today, and it is one of the key texts available that links psyche and culture, psychoanalysis and sociology."--Ethel Spector Person, M.D., author of "The Sexual Century"
"The book that created a Copernican Revolution in gender theory. . . . From literature to political science, from disciples to critics, no feminist theory has been untouched by Chodorow's bold and brilliant reconfiguration."--Susan Bordo, author of "Unbearable Weight" and "The Male Body"
""The Reproduction of Mothering" represents the boldest attempt to realign psychoanalysis and feminism in the late 20th century."--Mari Jo Buhle, author of "Feminism and Its Discontents"
"It is difficult to imagine the shape that feminist literary criticism might have taken in the last twenty years without the enabling influence of "The Reproduction of Mothering." The importance of Chodorow's work cannot be overestimated."--Marianne Hirsch, author of "The Mother/Daughter Plot"
""The Reproduction of Mothering" is a classic in its field, a book that has profoundly affected the course of psychoanalytic feminism."--Madelon Sprengnether, author of "The Spectral Mother"
"Nancy Chodorow's "The Reproduction of Mothering" has been an invaluable companion to me over the years. In theorizing the cultural situation of literary men as well as literary women, I've often turned to Chodorow's revisionary readings of Freud, her meticulous accounts of the dynamics of mothering, and, more generally, her innvotative discussions of sexual sociology."--Sandra M. Gilbert, coauthor of "The Madwoman in the Attic"
"A groundbreaking book, "The Reproduction of Mothering" has shaped feminist literary criticism since it was published. Chodorow's insights revolutionized the ways in which femininity itself was and is understood."--Susan Gubar, coauthor of "The Madwoman in the Attic"

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This is a psychoanalytic tour de force and a feminist classic, published in 1978. Much has changed for women in America since then, but the thrust and the force of her argument is as important as ever ... Read full review


Why Women Mother
Psychoanalysis and Sociological Inquiry
The Relation to the Mother and the Mothering Relation
Gender Differences in the Preoedipal Period
ObjectRelations and the Female Oedipal Configuration
Oedipal Resolution and Adolescent Replay
Ideology and Evidence
Conclusions on PostOedipal Gender Personality
The Psychodynamics of the Family
Womens Mothering and Womens Liberation

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Nancy J. Chodorow is a psychoanalyst in private practice and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (1999), Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond (1994), and Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory (1989).

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