The Politics of Motherhood (Paperback)
Maternity and Women’s Rights in Twentieth-Century Chile (Pitt Latin American Series)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822960430, 320pp.
Publication Date: December 6, 2009
Chronicling an era of unprecedented modernization and political transformation, Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney examines the negotiations over women's rights and the politics of gender in Chile throughout the twentieth century. Centering her study on motherhood, Pieper Mooney explores dramatic changes in health policy, population paradigms, and understandings of human rights, and reveals that motherhood is hardly a private matter defined only by individual women or couples. Instead, it is intimately tied to public policies and political competitions on nation-state and international levels.
The increased legitimacy of women's demands for rights, both locally and globally, has led to some improvements in gender equity. Yet feminists in contemporary Chile continue to face strong opposition from neoconservatism in the Catholic Church and a mixture of public apathy and legal wrangling over reproductive rights and health.
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Praise For The Politics of Motherhood: Maternity and Women’s Rights in Twentieth-Century Chile (Pitt Latin American Series)…
—Hispaninc American Historical Review
—Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt, University of Maryland
—Francesca Miller, UC Davis
“Pieper Mooney brilliantly presents the relationship between the power of politics and women’s individual agency to decide on reproduction and motherhood. With a beautiful writing style, the argument gently flows throughout the volume. This very accessible book certainly contributes to an informed debate on motherhood and womanhood in Chile across disciplines. While the historical context reveals the situation of women in Chile, the topics discussed are of great significance for women all over the world.”
—Bulletin of Latin American Research
“Engaging, well-written overview of the fraught relationship between the gendered construction of maternity and women’s reproductive rights.”
“[A] chilling story, extremely well written and documented . . . Truly provocative and incisive.”
—Journal of Latin American Studies