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The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender [Paperback]

Nancy J Chodorow
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27 Oct 1999
When this best-seller was published, it put the mother-daughter relationship and female psychology on the map. The Reproduction of Mothering was chosen by Contemporary Sociology as one of the ten most influential books of the past twenty-five years. With a new preface by the author, this updated edition is testament to the formative effect that Nancy Chodorow's work continues to exert on psychoanalysis, social science, and the humanities.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2Rev Ed edition (27 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520221559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520221550
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nancy J. Chodorow is a psychoanalyst in private practice and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (1999), Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond (1994), and Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory (1989).

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It arrived on time and in good conditions.
It's an important book that reviews the oedipus condition under the view of a woman psychoanalyst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another view was born 5 Dec 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Excellent book, perhaps with a little too much over reliance on Fraud but then again, it has enough distance and reflection to create something much more tastier. One feminist book standing the test of time, as Chodorow has eschewed the myopia of ideology to delve into the basics and overturn one sacred table.

Psychology, psychotherapy was originally written from an unreflected man's perspective, without any reflection on how these norms arose. Chodorow digs deeper into the various assumptions to ask some key questions.

How is empathy formed?

Is it genetic? Is it an unfolding drive or is it socially constructed from the initial bond between mother and child?

Then how does this bond work? Individalism is perceived as a key requirement for both male and female children, to be able to stand on ones own feet. It is the mark of a man and to some extent a woman, a person of independence and individuality.

Nancy Chodorow focuses on basic foundational thinking, reflecting on how these ideas formed. As she reflects it becomes much more complex than the original hypothesis as the role of the social, father, families, patriachical values all pull the emotional tug this way, then that, then up and down. The result is the type of society we have constructed. Nancy posits the fundamental need for love as an adult to be emotionally anchored, reconstructing the initial dyad bond, as the the other human dynamics flow into the building blocks of this relationship.

The mother child bond is a unique bond, as she posits the child extends from the woman as an extra leg/arm a physical piece that is cut at birth and then grows by itself through nourishment and love to a stage of becoming an independent being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women 6 May 2010
A must read! Chodorow wrote not only from a woman's point of view but from a psychoanalytical perspective noting how conflictual (and triangular) it can be for a girl to be fulfilled as a woman based on Freud's Edipo's complex.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Please read this book more carefully! 28 Jun 2004
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The two people who reviewed this book before me probably did not read it carefully. Chodorow in fact quotes hundreds of researches and conclusions made by other psychoanalysts and herself. She states her own opinions about the issues she discusses, of course, but also other critics'. In the notes to the chapters she indicates several further readings to illustrate her points or other theories. This book is very educational and opens the readers' eyes to many crucial aspects of mothering, both for parents and children's sake. I recommend all her books.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic in Feminist Theory 2 April 2005
By Phyllis Real - Published on Amazon.com
A true classic in feminist theory, and an example of the best scholarship. Rigorous, well-documented, exhaustively and logically argued, this book is a classic and deserves to be in print for the next fifty years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reproduction od Mothering 27 May 2009
By Leonard Duroche - Published on Amazon.com
The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender, Updated Edition
An important text in the development of gender theory/ gender studies; fundamental text for critical Men's Studies as well as for Women's Studies.
The tone of two of the earlier views reflect the continuing debates over quantitative versus qualitative research, nature versus nurture, and a bias for metricization: If one cannot measure it, count it (if there are no statistics) it is not science, not meaningful scholarship.Such a straitjacket view wants to invalidate Chodorow's work, which is held by many, perhaps the majority, to be foundational.
I support the positive reviews and strongly recommend the book.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By James L. Park - Published on Amazon.com
Nancy Chodorow
The Reproduction of Mothering:
Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender

(Berkeley, CA: U of California Press, 1978) 263 pages

A highly technical study
of how girls are conditioned to become mothers.
Why women want children--from a Freudian perspective.

Other books challenging the motherhood assumption
can be found by searching the Internet for:
"Books Exploring the Decision to Have Children".
4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Provocative Ideas -- But No Data 5 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
No data. Zilch. Nada. No in-depth interviews, no participant observation, no historical analysis, no surveys, -- just one woman's musings.
She of course may be right in the end, but without ANY research to backup her claims -- it is just a rant.
This book definitely made me think about raising kids and what I wanted in a spouse, and definitely makes a strong case for equal parenting. But in my opinion, good scholarship is a marriage between data and theory; a synthesis of research and imagination. Without both, a scholarly book falls flat. Chodorow did no research, has no data, and thus this book ends up being speculation at best, flat-out myth-making at worst.
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