Recreating Motherhood: Ideology and Technology in a Patriarchal Society

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The author advocates a social policy for dealing with mothers and motherhood that is consistent with feminist politics and feminist theory. She suggests how to incorporate technological and scientific advances into social policy.

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Selling "genetically gifted" human eggs on the free market for a hefty price. Birth mothers reclaiming their children. Fetal rights. Surrogacy. Nannygate. All are instances of news stories with which we have become familiar in recent years. Yet these issues are often regarded as distinct problems.

Barbara Katz Rothman demonstrates how they form a complex whole that demands of us in response a coherent vision-a woman-centered, class-sensitive way of understanding motherhood and the family. Her book shows clearly that the real needs of mother, father, and children have been swept aside in an attempt to reduce the complex process of human reproduction; to a clinical event that can be controlled by medical technology. Rothman suggests way to accomplish social and legal changes that would allow technological advances and evolving gender roles to affirm the mother-child relationship without cost to women's identities.

In this new edition of a classic work, Rothman shows how this material is key in understanding the family, not just motherhood. A new chapter, "Reflections on a Decade," explores how new reproductive technologies combine with new marketing and new genetics to pose troubling social questions.

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Rothman examines the impact of the new reproductive technologies on the institution of the family. Using the Baby M and Baby Doe cases as points of departure, she discusses the medical, legal, and ethical aspects of current medical advances. She notes with alarm the tendency to look at children as commodities and mothers as a means of production. Unlike other books dealing with this material, Rothman's goes beyond warnings of abuse by the male-dominated medical and legal professions and beyond the traditional feminist call for taking control from the oppressor. She offers practical suggestions for an enlightened social policy regarding parenthood, family structure, and childcare. A thoughtful, well-written analysis of contemporary issues for a wide audience. Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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