Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression

Although Self Help Has Been An Integral Strategy Of The Women S Movement, The Burgeoning Self Help Publishing Industry And Growing Popularity Of Talk Shows Encouraging Personal Confession Have Provoked Vicious Attacks On Self Help From Many Feminists Rock A By Baby Examines The Postpartum Depression Support Group Movement And Exploring The Relationship Between Gender, The Ideas And Strategies Of Women S Self Help Groups And Feminism Taylor Uses Interviews And Personal Letters, Talk Show Transcripts, Organizational Newsletters And A Survey Of Postpartum Group Leaders To Illuminate Conflicts Played Out In The Arena Of Women S Self Help.Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression
  • Verta Taylor
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 9780415912921

10 thoughts on “Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression

  1. says:

    Okay for a historical perspective on the self help movement in relation to postpartum depression But this book really falls down in its excessive focus on postpartum psychosis There is a lot of attention paid to mothers who commit infanticide in the midst of a postpartum psychosis This contributes to a major misrepresentation of postpartum depression, which is a completely different thing, and also...

  2. says:

    This book offers a relatively comprehensive account of the self help movement that emerged around postpartum depression Taylor draws on social movement scholarship and personal interviews with activists and women who suffered from PPD to explore the role of gender and feminism in the PPD movement In Taylor s own words her motivating question was To what extent to the ideas and strategies of women s self help, tied as they are to notions of gender difference and hierarchy, bring about any real change in the broader gender order As Taylor explains women s self help organizes around the language of femininity and its political strategies are largely personal and expressive calling into question its ability to function as a traditional political social movement At the same time, the PPD movement undermines the maternal script challenging problematic ideas about and expectations for motherhood and breaking down the traditional boundary between good and bad mothers Taylor suggests that this latter accomplishment calls attention to the diversity of motherhood and while it seems to call attention to the diversity of experiences of motherhood, I wasn t convinced that it challenged the race class elements of the maternal script Taylor herself acknowledges early on that most of the women she encountered in the PPD movement were white and middle class Despite this, Rock A Bye Baby is a great book for anyone interested in the politics of p...

  3. says:

    I am not inclined to like this book and wonder a bit how I came into possession of it I am not inclined to the positions the author takes regarding feminism or gender theory I read only through the introduction and decided my time would be better spent in other ways It may be very fine for what it is, but for my purposes what it is is not especially compelling.My main concern is that the thesis is a bit weak on account of being a bit vague The central argument of this book is that women s self help movements, for all their limitations, are central players in the redefinition of gender relations in American society page 13 My secondary concern is that the assumptions regarding gender theory and social roles that the book assumes to be the case are, at the very least, hotly debated issues It is h...

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