Rational management: Medical authority and ideological conflict in Ruth Lawrence's breastfeeding: A guide for the medical profession

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Abstract

This article presents a close reading of one chapter of the only guidebook written for physicians about the clinical management of breastfeeding. The medical discussion of the psychological aspects of breastfeeding articulates conflicting ideological views of women and their place in society, demonstrating how medicine reflects and contributes to a cultural context that is ambivalent about women's changing roles and the transformation of their practices as mothers. At stake is medicine's role in regulating maternal behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-289
Number of pages19
JournalTechnical Communication Quarterly
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Communication

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