Militant Lactivism?: Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France

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Berghahn Books, 01.03.2013 - 278 Seiten

Following networks of mothers in London and Paris, the author profiles the narratives of women who breastfeed their children to full term, typically a period of several years, as part of an 'attachment parenting' philosophy. These mothers talk about their decision to continue breastfeeding as 'the natural thing to do': 'evolutionarily appropriate', 'scientifically best' and 'what feels right in their hearts'. Through a theoretical focus on knowledge claims and accountability, the author frames these accounts within a wider context of 'intensive parenting', arguing that parenting practices – infant feeding in particular – have become a highly moralized affair for mothers, practices which they feel are a critical aspect of their 'identity work'. The book investigates why, how and with what implications some of these mothers describe themselves as 'militant lactivists' and reflects on wider parenting culture in the UK and France. Discussing gender, feminism and activism, this study contributes to kinship and family studies by exploring how relatedness is enacted in conjunction to constructions of the self.

 

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Introduction
1
Part I The Context of Contemporary Mothering
13
Chapter 1 Intensive Motherhood and Identity Work
15
Chapter 2 Infant Feeding and Intensive Motherhood
35
Part II La Leche League
57
Chapter 3 Contextualising FullTerm Breastfeeding
59
Philosophy and Community
81
Chapter 5 Finding My Tribe
101
Science as Dogma
144
Hormones Morality and Affective Breastfeeding
162
Part IV Contextualising Intensive Motherhood
183
The Case of France
185
Conclusion
214
Appendix 1
222
Appendix 2
229
References
231

Part III Accounting for FullTerm Breastfeeding
117
Some Cultural Contradictions
119

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Über den Autor (2013)

Charlotte Faircloth is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow with the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Sociological Research at the University of Kent.

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