Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self Help, and Postpartum Depression

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Although self-help has been an integral strategy of the women's movement, the burgeoning self-help publishing industry and growing popularity of talk shows that encourage personal confession have provoked vicious attacks on self-help from many feminists. Rock-a-By Baby takes issue with the negative view of self-help dominating feminist scholarship by examining the postpartum depression support group movement and exploring the relationship between gender, the ideas and strategies of women's self-help groups and feminism. Using interviews and personal letters, talk show transcripts, organizational newsletters and a survey of postpartum group leaders, Taylor illuminates the conflicts being played out in the arena of women's self-help.
 

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Contents

THE METAMORPHOSIS
125
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT GROUPS
180
REFERENCES
210

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About the author (1996)

Verta Taylor is Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. She is the co-author of Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s, and co-editor of Feminist Frontiers.

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