Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children?

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 392 pages
Covers the debates over early institutional childcare, the problems of reconciling work and family life, the crisis of fertility, and the impact of the new capitalism on the changing landscape of childhood.

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Down among the children
Two paths to womens equality
Equality as sameness the loneliness of the postmodern cowgirl
Meeting General Custen maternal feminism and the ethic of care
The invisible heart the shadow economy of care
What do women want?
Inside the skin of a child
First love its light and shadow
Affluenza the new ethic of work and spend
The making of the New Capitalist Mother
The McDonaldisation of childhood
The gift of time
Up amongst the men
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The dark side of the moon
Electing a new child truth lies and the childcare debate
The childcare warsresolved

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Page 119 - The deep remembrance of the sense I had of being utterly neglected and hopeless; of the shame I felt in my position; of the misery it was to my young heart to believe that, day by day, what I had learned, and thought, and delighted in, and raised my fancy and my emulation up by, was passing away from me, never to be brought back any more; cannot be written.
Page 87 - What is now called the nature of women is an eminently artificial thing — the result of forced repression in some directions, unnatural stimulation in others.
Page 258 - It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his "natural superiors," and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous "cash payment." It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has...
Page 250 - How can long-term purposes be pursued in a short-term society? How can durable social relations be sustained? How can a human being develop a narrative of identity and life history in a society composed of episodes and fragments?
Page 100 - Disagree that a preschool child is likely to suffer if his or her mother works. 6. Agree that a working mother can establish just as warm and secure a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work.
Page 119 - Your home might be far from perfect, but at least it was a place ruled by love rather than by fear, where you did not have to be perpetually on your guard against the people surrounding you. At eight years old you were suddenly taken out of this warm nest and flung into a world of force and fraud and secrecy, like a goldfish into a tank full of pike. Against no matter what degree of bullying...
Page 56 - So we must admit that THE LITTLE GIRL is THEREFORE A LITTLE MAN. A little man who will suffer a more painful and complicated evolution than the little boy in order to become a normal •woman! A little man with a smaller penis. A disadvantaged little man. A little man whose libido will suffer a greater repression, and yet whose faculty for sublimating instincts will remain weaker.
Page 5 - At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done to him. It is this above all that is sacred in every human being.
Page 88 - It is necessary to society that women should marry and produce children. They will not do so unless they are compelled. Therefore it is necessary to compel them.

About the author (2005)

Anne Manne is a writer and social commentator who has written widely on feminism, motherhood, childcare, family policy, fertility and other related issues. She is a feature writer for The Age and her longer essays on feminism, family life, the changing landscape of childhood and the current crisis of fertility have appeared in The Australian's Review of Books, Quadrant Magazine, Arena Magazine and Monash University Journal People and Place. She also contributed to Cries Unheard; A New Look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, edited by child psychiatrist George Halasz. Prior to writing full time, Anne taught in the Politics Departments of Melbourne and Latrobe Universities. She has also spent ten years outside the paid work force raising two children and caring for the needs of her family. Anne lives just outside Melbourne.

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