Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering

Coming to Life: Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823244614
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 12/24/2012
Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sarah LaChance Adams is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. She has published several articles and chapters on pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering and is the author of a forthcoming book on maternal ambivalence and ethics.

Table of Contents

Foreword Eva Kittay xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: The Philosophical Significance of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering Sarah LaChance Adams Caroline R. Lundquist 1

Part I The Philosophical Canon

1 Plato, Maternity, and Power: Can We Get a Different Midwife? Cynthia D. Coe 31

2 Of Courage Born: Reflections on Childbirth and Manly Courage Kayley Varnallis 47

3 Original Habitation: Pregnant Flesh as Absolute Hospitality Frances Gray 71

4 The Birth of Sexual Difference: A Feminist Response to Merleau-Ponty Lisa Guenther 88

Part II Ethics

5 Birthing Responsibility: A Phenomenological Perspective on the Moral Significance of Birth Gail Weiss 109

6 Birthmothers and Maternal Identity: The Terms of Relinquishment Dorothy Rogers 120

7 What's an Adoptive Mother to Do? When Your Child's Desires Are a Problem Melissa Burchard 138

Part III Politics

8 The Pro-Choice Pro-Lifer: Battling the False Dichotomy Bertha Alvarez Manninen 171

9 The Political "Nature" of Pregnancy and Childbirth Candace Johnson 193

10 Disempowered Women? The Midwifery Model and Medical Intervention Sonya Charles 215

Part IV Popular Culture

11 Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film and Popular Culture Kelly Oliver 241

12 Exposing the Breast: The Animal and the Abject in American Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding Rebecca Tuvel 263

Part V Feminist Phenomenology

13 The Order of Life: How Phenomenologies of Pregnancy Revise and Reject Theories of the Subject Talia Welsh 283

14 The Vision of the Artist/Mother: The Strange Creativity of Painting and Pregnancy Florentien Verhage 300

Notes 321

Bibliography 371

List of Contributors 393

Index 397

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