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"For Her Own Good is a landmark work: It changes everything one believed before about doctors, scientists, and all other kinds of patriarchal experts. the most important work on women since The Feminine Mystique" Claudia Dreifus

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"For Her Own Good gives us a perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of childhood, unlike any we have had. I have read it with mounting intellectual excitement, underlining, marking pages, arguing from start to finish with its authors in my head. It is humanly and theoretically fascinating, written with clarity, wit, and verve and with a deep concern for the future." Adrienne Rich

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A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.

Table of Contents

Foreword (2004)

ONE In the Ruins of Patriarchy

The Woman Question • The New Masculinism • Feminist and Domestic Solutions • Science and the Triumph of Domesticity

THE RISE OF THE EXPERTS

TWO Witches, Healers, and Gentleman Doctors

The Witch Hunts • The Conflict over Healing Comes to America • Healing as a Commodity • The Popular Health Movement • Lady Doctors Join the Competition

THREE Science and the Ascent of the Experts

The Moral Salvation of Medicine • The Laboratory Mystique • Medicine and the Big Money • Exorcising the Midwives

THE REIGN OF THE EXPERTS

FOUR The Sexual Politics of Sickness

A Mysterious Epidemic • Marriage: The Sexual-Economic Relation • Femininity as a Disease • Men Evolve, Women Devolve • The Dictatorship of the Ovaries • The Uterus vs. the Brain • The Rest Cure • Subverting the Sick Role: Hysteria

FIVE Microbes and the Manufacture of Housework

The Domestic Void • The Romance of the Home • Domestic Scientists Put the House in Order • The Crusade Against Germs • The Manufacture of New Tasks • Feminism Embraces Domestic Science • “Right Living” in the Slums • Domesticity Without the Science

SIX The Century of the Child

Discovery of the Child • The “Child Question” and the Woman Question • The Mothers Movement • The Experts Move In

SEVEN Motherhood as Pathology

The Expert Allies with the Child • The Doctors Demand Permissiveness • Libidinal Motherhood • Bad Mothers • “Momism” and the Crisis in American Masculinity • The Obligatory Oedipus Complex • Communism and the Crisis of Overpermissiveness

THE FALL OF THE EXPERTS

EIGHT From Masochistic Motherhood to the Sexual Marketplace

Mid-century Masochism • Gynecology as Psychotherapy • Revolt of the Masochistic Mom • The Rise of the Single Girl • Spread of the Singles Culture • Popular Psychology and the Single Lifestyle

Afterword: The End of the Romance (2004)

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I haven't read this new edition yet but I did read the first edition and I would say that was very good and also quite shocking.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400078004
Author:
Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
English, Deirdre
Author:
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- United States -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Women's rights -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x.93 in. .71 lbs.

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"Review" by , "For Her Own Good is a landmark work: It changes everything one believed before about doctors, scientists, and all other kinds of patriarchal experts. the most important work on women since The Feminine Mystique"
"Review" by , "For Her Own Good gives us a perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of childhood, unlike any we have had. I have read it with mounting intellectual excitement, underlining, marking pages, arguing from start to finish with its authors in my head. It is humanly and theoretically fascinating, written with clarity, wit, and verve and with a deep concern for the future."
"Synopsis" by , A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.
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