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Chodorow, Nancy

  • By: Marcella Bush Trevino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Sociologist, psychoanalyst, and professor Nancy Julia Chodorow is a leading scholar in the fields of feminist psychology, psychoanalysis, and sociology and has helped link these fields through her interdisciplinary approach. She has written numerous essays and groundbreaking books, including The Reproduction of Mothering, which is widely considered to be a classic in its field.

Topics she has helped bring to prominence include female psychology and the psychology of motherhood, psychoanalysis, the social construction of gender formation and identity, and object-relations theory. Her work offers both a critique and an alternative to patriarchal society and the belief that women are biologically predetermined to the role of nurturer, which she feels is the foundation for male dominance.

Nancy Chodorow received her B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1966 and her ...

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