Model Mothers: Jewish Mothers and Maternity Provision in East London, 1870-1939

Model Mothers: Jewish Mothers and Maternity Provision in East London, 1870-1939

by Lara V. Marks, Marks
     
 

ISBN-10: 019820454X

ISBN-13: 9780198204541

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain there was deep concern about the perceived physical and military deterioration of the nation, reflected in the diminishing birth rate, persistently high infant mortality, and the poor health of the working class. Many medical practitioners and politicians believed that Jewish mothers were "model

Overview

In late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain there was deep concern about the perceived physical and military deterioration of the nation, reflected in the diminishing birth rate, persistently high infant mortality, and the poor health of the working class. Many medical practitioners and politicians believed that Jewish mothers were "model mothers" whose exemplary care of their children offered a solution to these problems. Lara Marks assesses the extent to which the stereotype of Jewish mothers reflected the reality of their experience in East London between 1870 and 1939. Not only did they have to cope with extreme poverty, but as newly arrived immigrants they had to deal with linguistic and cultural barriers and the unfamiliarity of local medical facilities. Model Mothers makes important contributions to our knowledge of maternal and infant care in this period and to our understanding of the interactions between ethnicity and health-care.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198204541
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Oxford Historical Monographs Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresx
List of Mapsxiii
List of Tablesxiv
Abbreviationsxix
Introduction1
1.Background: Immigration and Settlement11
2.The Health of Jewish Infants and Mothers in East London43
3.Familial, Neighbourhood, and Communal Resources for Childbirth92
4.Local Voluntary Hospitals and Maternity Care129
5.Poor Law Institutions and Maternity Care179
6.Domiciliary and Dispensary Maternity Provision226
Bibliography275
Index311

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >