Mothering: Toward a New Psychoanalytic Construction

Mothering: Toward a New Psychoanalytic Construction

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Psychoanalytic theory has long neglected a differentiated analysis of motherhood as a central concept of female development. In this book, Italian analyst Sylvia Vegetti Finzi examines the difficult process that transforms a girl into a mother, breaking with the traditional view that has used the apparent obviousness and naturalness of motherhood to mask the fact that mothering is a complex interweaving of internal processes and socially defined roles. Integrating ideas from a range of disciplines, her analysis makes a powerful distinction between the capacity for giving birth\m-\the productive power it implies and the interactive attitude it requires\m-\and its exclusive realization, in child rearing, which is largely socially induced.

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Book details

  • Hardcover
  • 196 pages
  • English
  • 0898623340
  • 978-0898623345

About Silvia Vegetti Finzi

sylvia vegetti finzi, an italian psychoanalyst, has played an important intellectual role within the italian feminist movement, in particular through her c Read More about Silvia Vegetti Finzi
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