Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What A ""Good"" Mother Would Do

Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What A ""Good"" Mother Would Do

The Ethics of Ambivalence

eBook - 2014
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When a mother kills her child, we call her a bad mother, but, as this book shows, even mothers who intend to do their children harm are not easily categorised as 'mad' or 'bad'. The maternal example is particularly instructive for ethical theory, highlighting the dynamics of human interdependence while also affirming separate interests. This book focuses on maternal ambivalence and its morally productive role in reinforcing the divergence between oneself and others, helping to recognise the particularities of situation, and negotiating the difference between one's own needs and the desires of others.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2014.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (267 pages)

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