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

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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.

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

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