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Reconstructing Motherhood and Disability in the Age of Perfect Babies

By Gail Landsman

© 2009 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

Examining mothers of newly diagnosed disabled children within the context of new reproductive technologies and the discourse of choice, this book uses anthropology and disability studies to revise the concept of "normal" and to establish a social environment in which the expression of full lives will prevail.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction 2: Doing Everything Right: Choice, Control and Mother Blame 3: Diminished Motherhood 4: Mothers, Doctors and Developmental Delays: On Personhood and the Emplotment of Children’s Lives 5: The Child as Giver: Mothers’ Critique of the Commodification of Babies 6: Mothers, Models, and Disability Rights

About the Author

Gail Heidi Landsman (Ph.D., Catholic University) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Albany, SUNY, where she teaches courses in gender, reproduction, and disability. She is the author of numerous book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals, and a previous book Sovereignty and Symbol. She is also the mother of three children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies