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Description - Mother's Milk by Bernice L. Hausman

"Mother's Milk" examines how and why nursing a baby - the breast or bottle debate - has become such a complex experience in contemporary culture. By looking at medical, popular and scholarly materials, Bernice Hausman demonstrates how much is at stake in this ongoing debate - economically, socially, and in terms of women's rights. Feminism, she argues, has dropped the ball by ignoring the political and social tensions at work in debates over breastfeeding. Drawing upon biostatistical data, the health industry's own literature, practices in cultures as diverse as Sweden and !Kung society, and her wide knowledge of popular culture, Hausman demonstrates convincingly that breastfeeding has no simple story.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415966573
ISBN-10: 0415966574
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bernice L. Hausman

Bernice L. Hausman is Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she also teaches for the Women's Studies Program. She is the author of Changing Sex: Transsexualism, Technology, and the Idea of Gender and writes about medicine, gender theory, and the body. She lives in Blacksburg, VA.