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Coming to Life Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering

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ISBN-10: 082324461X

ISBN-13: 9780823244614

Edition: 2012

Authors: Sarah LaChance Adams, Caroline R. Lundquist

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Coming to Life does what too few scholarly works have dared to attempt: it takes seriously the philosophical significance of women's lived experience. Every woman, regardless of her own reproductive story, is touched by the beliefs and norms governing discourses about pregnancy, childbirth,and mothering. Thus, the concerns of this anthology are relevant to all women and central to any philosophical project that takes women's lives seriously. The volume's contributors engage in sustained reflection on women's experiences and on the beliefs, customs, and political institutions by which they are informed. They think beyond the traditional pro-choice/pro-life dichotomy, speak to the manifold…    
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Book details

List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 12/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Introduction: The Philosophical Significance of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering
The Philosophical Canon
Plato, Maternity, and Power: Can We Get a Different Midwife?
Of Courage Born: Reflections on Childbirth and Manly Courage
Original Habitation: Pregnant Flesh as Absolute Hospitality
The Birth of Sexual Difference: A Feminist Response to Merleau-Ponty
Birthing Responsibility: A Phenomenological Perspective on the Moral Significance of Birth
Birthmothers and Maternal Identity: The Terms of Relinquishment
What's an Adoptive Mother to Do? When Your Child's Desires Are a Problem
The Pro-Choice Pro-Lifer: Battling the False Dichotomy
The Political "Nature" of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Disempowered Women? The Midwifery Model and Medical Intervention
Popular Culture
Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film and Popular Culture
Exposing the Breast: The Animal and the Abject in American Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding
Feminist Phenomenology
The Order of Life: How Phenomenologies of Pregnancy Revise and Reject Theories of the Subject
The Vision of the Artist/Mother: The Strange Creativity of Painting and Pregnancy
List of Contributors