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Motherhood Reconceived: Feminism and the Legacies of the Sixties Hardcover – August 1, 1996

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Both in her first work (Reconceiving Motherhood: Feminism, Motherhood and the Legacies of the 1960s, Brown Univ., 1994) and here, Umansky is concerned with the history of contemporary women's movements, focusing on their relationship to the concept of motherhood. She begins by refuting Sylvia Ann Hewlett's assertion in A Lesser Life (LJ 2/1/86) that the women's movement rejected the needs of mothers and children; she then moves to treat the importance of race and class to American feminism. Umansky considers works of radical, cultural, and socialist feminists regardless of occupation who have been involved in activism "informed by feminist analysis" since the late 1960s. A lengthy bibliography of contemporary classics, notes, and Schlesinger Library files constitute about one-third of the volume. Other recent works addressing this issue include Ann Ferguson's Blood at the Root (LJ 7/89) and Elaine Heffner's Mothering (LJ 10/15/78). This work will appeal mostly to scholars but also to some informed lay readers and specialists.?Helen Rippier Wheeler, formerly of Univ. of Californai, Berkeley, SLIS
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"An extremely thoughtful history ... The book is entirely convincing in its exploration of what feminism in the United States has been doing with the issue of motherhood."

-The Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814785611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814785614
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,210,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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