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Thurer, Shari

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

Shari Thurer is a psychoanalytically trained psychologist and adjunct associate professor of rehabilitation counseling at the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services, Boston University, whose study Myths of Motherhood: How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother (1994) uses feminist theory, cultural history, and psychoanalysis to reconstruct the concept of motherhood from the Stone Age to the present times.

Thurer's aim in such an epic history is to unveil what is natural about motherhood and what is instead culturally constructed. The institution of motherhood and the present-day definitions of motherhood emerge from Thurer's account as culturally specific, not as universal truths. Her second book The End of Gender: A Psychological Autopsy (2005) combines Thurer's practice as a psychologist and her clinician understanding of sex and gender with ...

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