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This book argues for increased recognition of pregnancy, birthing and childrearing as social activities demanding simultaneously physical, intellectual, emotional and moral work from those who undertake them. Amy Mullin considers both parenting and paid childcare, and examines the impact of disability on this work. The first chapters contest misconceptions about pregnancy and birth such as the idea that pregnancy is only valued for its end result, and not for the process. Subsequent chapters focus on childcare provided in different circumstances and on the needs of both providers and receivers of care.Read more
- Highly original book on pregnancy and childcare
- Book breaks new ground and presents pregnancy and childcare as topics for further philosophical investigation
- Will appeal to a wide readership, including healthcare professionals
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"Mullin's work is highly interdisciplinary while her voice remains decidedly philosophical. This makes her text a valuable contribution to the philosophical literature on pregnancy and motherhood (which has tended to be quite abstract) and to the quickly growing empirical literature on these topics (which has tended to be light on the kind of conceptual analysis and ethical theory that a philosopher can bring to the topic)." --Rebecca Kukla, Georgetown UniversitySee more reviews
"Amy Mullin's book provides a valuable discussion of pregnancy and childcare...a really fine book. It is hard for me to think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading it." James P. Sterba, University of Notre Dame
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- Date Published: March 2005
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521844383
- length: 226 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Pregnancy misconceived
2. Reconceiving pregnancy
3. The ethical significance of pregnancy
4. What about birth?
5. Mother and others: who can be 'maternal thinkers'?
6. Caring for children, caring for friends, caring by children
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- Advanced topics: Mothering
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