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At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding & Motherhood in the Contemporary United States
At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding & Motherhood in the Contemporary United States
 
Our Price: $30.00
Year: 1999
Pages: 282
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 807021407

Product Code: 756764270

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Linda M. Blum. A discussion about breastfeeding is really a larger conversation about sexuality, class, race, & the control of maternal bodies. Interviewing 3 groups of women, Blum discovers that the desirability & possibility of breastfeeding varies greatly. The white middle-class married mothers of La Leche League find breastfeeding a deeply gratifying experience of embodiment. But the white working-class mothers often find breastfeeding an anxiety-evoking reminder of uncertain respectability. And the Black working-class mothers consider breastfeeding an undesirable practice that carries reminders of the painful history of relations between Blacks & whites. Blum links experience, ideologies, material circumstances, & everyday practices.

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