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According to Allen, motherhood and citizenship are terms that are closely linked and have been redefined over the past century due to changes in women's status, feminist movements, and political developments. Mother-child relationships were greatly affected by political decisions during the early 1900s, and the maternal role has been transformed over the years. To understand the dilemmas faced by women concerning motherhood and work, for example, Allen argues that the problem must be examined in terms of its demographic and political development through history. Allen highlights the feminist movements in Western Europe - primarily Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and explores the implications of the maternal role for women's aspirations to the rights of citizenship. Among the topics Allen explores the history of the maternal role, psychoanalysis and theories on the mother-child relationship, changes in family law from 1890-1914, the economic status of mothers, and reproductive responsibility.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780230602328
ISBN-10: 0230602320
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 365
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - A. Allen

ANN T. ALLEN is Professor of History at the University of Louisville. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Sexuality, History of Education Quarterly and is the author of Feminism and Motherhood in Germany, 1800-1914. She also contributed to a piece on the international kindergarten movement in Kindergartens and Cultures.

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