Kitzinger, a social anthropologist, explores the experience of grandmotherhood both personally and historically based on detailed research.
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What is it like to become a grandmother? In every culture, a woman's self-identity changes when her daughter or daughter-in-law births a child. In Becoming a Grandmother, Sheila Kitzinger, well-known pregnancy, birth, and motherhood expert and author of the bestselling The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, turns her pen and insights to the mother-grandmother life transition.
What has grandmotherhood traditionally been like in cultures around the world? What does it feel like to be a grandmother in youth-oriented Western society? To answer these and other questions, Kitzinger turns to folklore, literature, anthropology, her personal experiences, and the experiences of many other grandmothers. She is at her strongest when she profiles grandmothers in different cultures and when she discusses the different ways--from embrace to denial--that new grandmothers react to their new identity. Kitzinger's specific advice for enhancing relationships with daughters, daughters-in-law (this book is largely centered on the female experience), and grandchildren may not ring true for every reader, but her intimate tone certainly will. Parenting and mothering literature has neglected the role and identity of the grandmother for too long; Becoming a Grandmother is a welcome addition to a small canon.
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Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002550733
Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002550733
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800025507341.0