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Author Lowe, Pam,
Title Reproductive health and maternal sacrifice : women, choice and responsibility / Pam Lowe.
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Author Lowe, Pam,
Subject Motherhood -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Mothers -- psychology.
Reproductive Behavior -- psychology.
Gender Identity.
Reproductive Rights -- psychology.
Social Control, Informal.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Responsible 'Choices' and Good Motherhood -- Chapter 3. Regulating Contraception and Abortion -- Chapter 4. Conceiving Motherhood -- Chapter 5. Idealized Pregnancy -- Chapter 6. Birth Plans -- Chapter 7. Raising Babies -- Chapter 8. Maternal Sacrifice and Choice.
Summary This book demonstrates that the symbol of maternal sacrifice is the notion that 'proper' women put the welfare of children, whether born, in utero or not conceived, over and above any choices and desires of their own. The idea of maternal sacrifice acts as powerful signifier in judging women's behaviour that goes beyond necessary care for any children. The book traces its presence in various aspects of reproductive health, from contraception to breastfeeding. Pam Lowe shows how although nominally choices are presented to women around reproductive health, maternal sacrifice is used to discipline women into conforming to specific norms, reasserting traditional forms of womanhood. This has significant implications for women's autonomy. Women can resist or reject this disciplinary position when making reproductive decisions, but in doing so, they may be positioned as transgressing and/or need to justify their decisions. The book will be of great interest to scholars of sociology, gender studies and health studies.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 9, 2016).
ISBN 9781137472939 (electronic bk.)
1137472936 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 952973058
Additional Format Print version: Lowe, Pam. Reproductive health and maternal sacrifice. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 1137472928 9781137472922 (OCoLC)939532127

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