Social History of Wet Nursing in America by Janet Golden
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Social History of Wet Nursing in America
By Janet Golden

A Social History of Wet Nursing in America

From Breast to Bottle

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Social History of Wet Nursing in America by Janet Golden

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A Social History of Wet Nursing in the United States: From Breast to Bottle examines the intersection of medical science, social theory and cultural practices as they shaped relations among wet nurses, physicians and families from the colonial period through the twentieth century. It explores how Americans used wet nursing to solve infant feeding problems, shows why wet nursing became controversial as motherhood slowly became medicalised, and elaborates how the development of scientific infant feeding eliminated wet nursing by the beginning of the twentieth century. Janet Golden's study contributes to our understanding of the cultural authority of medical science, the role of physicians in shaping child rearing practices, the social construction of motherhood, and the profound dilemmas of class and culture that played out in the private space of the nursery.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521495448
ISBN-10: 052149544X
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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