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The Impossibility of Motherhood

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The Impossibility of Motherhood

Feminism, Individualism and the Problem of Mothering

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The Impossibility of Motherhood by Patrice Diquinzio
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An adequate analysis of experiences and situations specific to women, especially mothering, requires consideration of women's difference. A focus on women's difference, however, jeopardizes feminism's claims of women's equal individualist subjectivity, and risks recuperating the inequality and oppression of women, especially the view that all women should be mothers, want to be mothers, and are most happy being mothers. This book considers how thinkers including Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Nancy Choderow and Adrienne Rich struggle to negotiate this dilemma of difference in analyzing mothering, encompassing the paradoxes concerning embodiment, gender and representation they encounter. Patrice Di Quinzio shows that mothering has been and will continue to be an intractable problem for feminist theory itself, and suggests the political usefulness of an explicitly paradoxical politics of mothering.

Author Biography

Patrice DiQuinzio is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women's Studies at Muhlenberg College. Her work on mothering and feminist theory has appeared n Hypatia and Women and Politics.
Release date NZ
September 13th, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
296
Dimensions
152x229x24
ISBN-13
9780415910224
Product ID
1682563

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