Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers' Bodies - Explorations in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities (Paperback)
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Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers' Bodies - Explorations in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 04/10/2005
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Mass Hysteria examines the medical and cultural practices surrounding pregnancy, new motherhood, and infant feeding. Late eighteenth century transformations in these practices reshaped mothers' bodies, and contemporary norms and routines of prenatal care and early motherhood have inherited the legacy of that era. As a result, mothers are socially positioned in ways that can make it difficult for them to establish and maintain healthy and safe boundaries and appropriate divisions between public and private space.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742533585
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 208 x 195 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
With sly wit, impressive historical scope and deep moral conviction, Rebecca Kukla brilliantly illuminates modern cultural beliefs and practices about motherhood as an embodied experience. Taking us back into seventeenth century Europe and through the Enlightenment, Kukla deftly and vividly interprets texts and pictures to uncover the historical foundations of the mutually constitutive relationship between maternal bodies and the body politic and to illustrate how this history, no less than contemporarytechnologies, shapes and constrains the lived experience of pregnancy and mothering today. With insights that transcend liberalism and postmodernism, Kukla re-interprets the usual dichotomies?private/public, nature/culture, inner/outer, self/other?and offers a profoundly feminist reading of the fluid, permeable boundaries of maternal bodies. The ?fix? she proposes is one that promises to restore women?s integrity, agency and identity both within and without motherhood. Mass Hysteria is a tour deforce of feminist scholarship. -- Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Kukla advances feminist thinking about maternity and breastfeeding...Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
A learned, engaging, and lively account. -- Hilde Lindemann, Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University * Hastings Center Report *
Packed with material drawn from the history of medicine as well as popular and professional sources....A rich resource. * Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy *
[Kukla's] analysis is occasionally brilliant. * Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources, Summer / Fall 2008 *
Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture and Mothers' Bodies is articulate, thoughtful, carefully researched and argued. It breaks new ground in both feminist and philosophical scholarship. Kukla encourages us to reflect critically on what mothers expect of themselves, and what society expects of mothers. -- Amy Mullin, University of Toronto Mississauga
With sly wit, impressive historical scope and deep moral conviction, Rebecca Kukla brilliantly illuminates modern cultural beliefs and practices about motherhood as an embodied experience. Taking us back into seventeenth century Europe and through the Enlightenment, Kukla deftly and vividly interprets texts and pictures to uncover the historical foundations of the mutually constitutive relationship between maternal bodies and the body politic and to illustrate how this history, no less than contemporary technologies, shapes and constrains the lived experience of pregnancy and mothering today. With insights that transcend liberalism and postmodernism, Kukla re-interprets the usual dichotomies-private/public, nature/culture, inner/outer, self/other-and offers a profoundly feminist reading of the fluid, permeable boundaries of maternal bodies. The `fix' she proposes is one that promises to restore women's integrity, agency and identity both within and without motherhood. Mass Hysteria is a tour de force of feminist scholarship. -- Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

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