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Nancy Chodorow (b. 1944) is an internationally acclaimed sociologist, feminist theorist, and practicing psychoanalyst. She was born in New York City, on January 20, 1944, the daughter of Marvin and Leah (Turitz) Chodorow. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1966 and earned her PhD in sociology from Brandeis University in 1975. Chodorow is regarded as a founding scholar of second-wave feminist theory based on her groundbreaking book The Reproduction of Mothering ([1978] 1999), an account that challenged normative views about gender: how individuals come to see themselves as masculine or feminine. That work won the Jessie Bernard Award from Sociologists for Women in Society (1979) and was named one of the “Ten Most Influential Books of the Past Twenty-Five Years” in the social sciences (Contemporary ...

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