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True to Her Nature : Changing Advice to American Women Paperback – April 5, 2000

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (April 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577661273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577661276
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,109,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maxine L. Margolis is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Florida and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

Dr. Margolis, a native of New York City, who earned her PhD in anthropology at Columbia University, is the author or editor of eight books including Mothers and Such: Views of American Women and Why they Changed (University of California Press, 1984), Little Brazil: An Ethnography of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City (Princeton University Press 1994), True to Her Nature: Changing Advice to American Women (Waveland 2000) and An Invisible Minority: Brazilians in New York City (revised 2nd edition, University Press of Florida 2009). Her most recent book, Goodbye, Brazil: Emigrés from the Land of Soccer and Samba, which focuses on the Brazilian diaspora worldwide, will be published later this year by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Bales on June 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Have women always been viewed as the most fit parents to rear children? Have they always been considered the sex more naturally inclined to the domestic sphere? And what's up with Martha Stewart?
In this clear, concise, and highly readable account, author Maxine L. Margolis analyzes advice manuals, articles from ladies' magazines, and the dicta of social scientists in an effort to reconstruct and explain changing ideas about motherhood, fatherhood, and gender roles within and beyond the home. More specifically, she seeks to answer how and why advice to mothers and families has changed over time. The analysis reaches backward to the colonial period and continues into the year 2000, discussing some of the most up-to-date research, debates, and public figures. This historical perspective proves interesting even for the non-historian, since one of the author's points is that ideas about women's and men's proper roles are rarely new-they are more likely to be recycled, in keeping with prevailing socioeconomic and political realities.
Readers will appreciate the author's lively examples. Here, for example, is your chance to sample the original 1946 Dr. Spock manual, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. While the baby-care guru counseled mothers to trust their instincts and common sense, he gave the following instructions on how to prepare for the baby's bath: "Before starting the bath, be sure you have everything you need close at hand. If you forget the towel, you'll have to go after it holding a dripping baby Take your wristwatch off. An apron keeps your clothes drier " Alternatively, readers may prefer the advice dispensed by the widely influential early 20-century psychologist John B. Watson.
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