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- DescriptionIn the past quarter century, bad mothers have moved ticeably toward center stage in American culture. While Susan Smith will eventually fade from the tabloids, the monster mother that she represents has a storied and long history. Mothers have been blamed for a host of problems, from autism in children (due to chilly refrigerator mothers), to homosexuality (attributed to smothering moms), to welfare dependency and crime (caused by black matriarchs and single mothers). Some mothers are t good mothers. No one can deny that. There are women who neglect their children, abuse them, and fail to provide them with proper psychological nurturance. While such mothers have always stimulated the American imagination, the definition of what constitutes a bad mother has expanded significantly in recent years. Indeed, with a distinct mirity of American families living the two-parent, one-worker lifestyle once considered the rm, we all face the discomfiting question, Do most mothers w qualify as bad mothers in one way or ather? Drawing together the work of prominent scholars and journalists, Bad Mothers considers such diverse topics as the mother-blaming theories of psychological and medical experts, bad mothers in the popular media, the scapegoating of mothers in politics, and the punitive approach to bad mothers by social service and legal authorities. The volume also includes the stories of individual bad mothers, from sterilization survivor Willie Mallory to rock star Courtney Love. Ably edited by two leading scholars, Bad Mothers marks an important contribution to the literature on motherhood.
- Author BiographyMolly Ladd-Taylor is Associate Professor of History at York University in Ontario and author of Mother-Work: Women, Child Welfare and the State, 1890-1930. Lauri Umansky is Professor of History at Suffolk University and is the author of The New Disability History: American Perspectives and Bad Mother: The Politics of Blame in the Twentieth Century America.
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication30/11/1997
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight680 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Edited byLauri Umansky,Molly Ladd-Taylor
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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