Exploring patterns of mother-blaming in anorexia scholarship: A study in the sociology of knowledge [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Human Studies 26 (1):97 - 119 (2003)
Mother-blame, the propensity to explain negative outcomes for children by focusing on the failures of mothers, has a long history in the social-scientific study of adolescent deviance. We examine trends in mother-blaming over time by performing a textual analysis of scholarly accounts of the etiology of anorexia nervosa. Our reading of these expert accounts suggests that mother-blaming for child pathology is interconnected with changing ideas about proper social roles for women. Deficient mothering, that is, was often linked to a woman''s ambitiousness, willingness to abandon familial duties in favor of careers, or, conversely, her embracement of patriarchal proscriptions for what a woman should be. Poor maternal parenting was a consistent and dominant theme through much of the period we analyzed, however, the structural and cultural explanations appeared to change substance and form in synchrony with prevailing ideas about a woman''s rightful relationship to the paid labor market. Other social explanations for changing rhetoric, including the gender composition of published accounts, are also explored.
|Keywords||anorexia nervosa deviance mother-blame social problems sociology of knowledge|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Amber Jacobs (2007). The Potential of Theory: Melanie Klein, Luce Irigaray, and the Mother-Daughter Relationship. Hypatia 22 (3):175-193.
Ruthann Robson (1992). Mother: The Legal Domestication of Lesbian Existence. Hypatia 7 (4):172 - 185.
Rachael M. Henry (1988). Cognitive, Affective and Situational Factors in Child Rearing. Journal of Moral Education 17 (2):127-147.
Toon W. Taris & Gun R. Semin (1997). Passing on the Faith: How Mother‐Child Communication Influences Transmission of Moral Values. Journal of Moral Education 26 (2):211-221.
Catherine Roach (1991). Loving Your Mother: On the Woman-Nature Relation. Hypatia 6 (1):46 - 59.
Leslie Cannold (2003). Do We Need a Normative Account of the Decision to Parent? International Journal of Applied Philosophy 17 (2):277-290.
Mary Briody Mahowald (1992). To Be or Not Be a Woman: Anorexia Nervosa, Normative Gender Roles, and Feminism. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (2):233-251.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads4 ( #267,964 of 1,102,134 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #192,056 of 1,102,134 )
How can I increase my downloads?