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Margrit EichlerMargrit Eichler, FRSC, Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE/University of Toronto
A TRULY IMPORTANT BOOK. . . . SHOULD BE READ BY EVERYONE WHO STUDIES FAMILIES, PARENTHOOD, AND GENDER. Reading this book significantly affects the way we think about motherhood understanding the reasons that lead to absentee mothering, the silent coercion that led women to give up their babies for adoption, the pain that children experience when their families do not conform to what they see as the norm, the social expectations confronting young mothers in state care that lead, paradoxically, to the opposite effects of those intended. The materials in the book are fascinating, combing historical and contemporary as well as experiential and third-person accounts.