"This is a very good book. It works very well as a piece of scholarship - it is original, methodologically sound, contributes to the author's home discipline but has much wider appeal, is well structured and nicely written." * Ellie Lee, University of Kent "The cross-cultural dimension is one of the things that make this book unique and especially valuable - Overall, the book is on an important topic, based on sound research." * Linda Layne, Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteVom Verlag:
Following networks of mothers in London and Paris, the author profiles the narratives of women who breastfeed their children to full term, typically a period of several years, as part of an "attachment parenting" philosophy. These mothers talk about their decision to continue breastfeeding as the "natural thing to do": "evolutionarily appropriate," "scientifically best," and "what feels right in their hearts." Through a theoretical focus on knowledge claims and accountability, the author frames these accounts within a wider context of "intensive parenting," arguing that parenting practices - infant feeding in particular - have become a highly moralized affair for mothers, practices which they feel are a critical aspect of their "identity work." The book investigates why, how, and with what implications some of these mothers describe themselves as "militant lactivists" as well as reflects on wider parenting culture in the UK and France. Discussing gender, feminism, and activism, this study contributes to kinship and family studies by exploring how relatedness is enacted in conjunction to constructions of the self.
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