Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace

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Philosopher, mother, and feminist Sara Ruddick examines the discipline of mothering, showing for the first time how day-to-day work of raising children gives rise to distinctive ways of thinking.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mothers bear the brunt of the job of nurturing, protecting and caring for children, so couldn't the maternal instinct or outlook be tapped to galvanize a nonviolent, anti-militarist politics of peace? That is what Ruddick proposes in this well-intentioned but muddled philosophical treatise. She argues that the everyday chores of mothering foster a distinctly maternal style of thinking that fuses feeling, reflection and action. As defined here, ``maternal thinking'' breeds respect for individual differences, as well as a commitment to resolve disputes without fisticuffs. Ruddick notes, however, that ``mothers are often militant and usually support the war policies of their states,'' and that many mothers train their tots in ``unquestioning obedience.'' Undaunted by these realities, she looks to U.S. feminist struggles and Latin American women's resistance movements for ways to turn more mothers against the Bomb. Apr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807014080
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Preface: Maternal Thinking Revisited
A Note on Usage
Pt. I Thinking About Mothers Thinking
Love's Reason 3
1 Maternal Thinking 13
2 Talking About "Mothers" 28
Pt. II Protection, Nurturance, and Training
Making It Up 61
3 Preservative Love 65
4 Fostering Growth 82
5 Training: A Work of Conscience? 103
Pt. III Maternal Thinking and Peace Politics
Maternal Thinking as a Feminist Standpoint 127
6 Mothers and Men's Wars 141
7 Maternal Nonviolence: A Truth in the Making 160
8 Histories of Human Flesh 185
9 Notes Toward a Feminist Maternal Peace Politics 219
Notes 253
Index 281
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