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Reconstructing Motherhood and Disability in the Age of Perfect Babies - Gail Landsman

Reconstructing Motherhood and Disability in the Age of Perfect Babies

Paperback Published: 20th August 2008
ISBN: 9780415917896
Number Of Pages: 288

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This is a book about transformation, about the meanings mothers of "imperfect" children give to motherhood and disability in an age in which infants are commodified and new technologies hold out the promise of "perfect" babies. In an era in which specific traits of babies increasingly appear to Westerners in terms of choice, how do mothers of infants and toddlers with disabilities - the children few would actively choose - make sense of their motherhood? The book is based on anthropological field research at a site at which children were evaluated by physicians, and on in-depth interviews with mothers who received "bad news." An ideal short book for teaching courses in anthropology, sociology, disability studies, and women's studies. Book jacket.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Doing Everything Right: Choice, Control, and Mother-Blamep. 15
Diminished Motherhoodp. 49
Mothers, Doctors, and Developmental Delays: On Denial, Personhood, and the Emplotment of Children's Livesp. 91
The Child as Giver: Mothers' Critique of the Commodification of Babiesp. 143
On Mothering, Models, and Disability Rightsp. 171
Epilogue: Personal Reflectionsp. 215
Profiles of Interview Participantsp. 218
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 248
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780415917896
ISBN-10: 0415917891
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 20th August 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1