Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace

Maternal Thinking Toward a Politics of Peace A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Philosopher mother and feminist Sara Ruddick examines the discipline of mothering showing for the first time how the day to day work of raising childre

  • Title: Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace
  • Author: Sara Ruddick
  • ISBN: 9780807014097
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1989Philosopher, mother, and feminist Sara Ruddick examines the discipline of mothering, showing for the first time how the day to day work of raising children gives rise to distinctive ways of thinking.

    One thought on “Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace”

    1. Fantastic book for feminists and peace activists. A new way to conceptualize motherhood and femininity. A must read.

    2. don't believe what the patriarchy tells you about your mother: mothering is a thinking form of work, practiced with conscience and nurture.

    3. A really good book about mothering, mothers, maternal thinking, and peace. Ruddick describes mothering as a practice that is open to men and women and does not have a necessary link to giving birth. Her discussion of maternal thinking could be a bit clearer -- what exactly is maternal thinking? And her discussion in the last third of the book about peace tends toward lazy preaching rather than serious argument. But the heart of the book is strong and forces the reader to think about what it is t [...]

    4. I found myself uncharacteristically uninterested in finishing this book, so much so that I finally stopped reading at page 160 (of 251) out of a sense that I wasn't getting an adequate density of benefit.Which is not to say that the book is not worth reading. I found the opening fifty-something pages very very compelling. I suspect that if A) I had read very little of the post-1980s literature on mothering/motherhood, B) I had doubts as to the meaningful and complex labor involved in parenting, [...]

    5. I found this book to be tremendously interesting and engaging, owing in part, I am sure, to its clear structure and arguments. The book is valuable in its own right for its explication of the ways in which the practice of mothering shapes an individual's thinking, but it gains additional value by advancing an interesting argument about the contribution of specifically maternal thinking to the establishment of peace amongst groups and nations. Throughout the book, Ruddick takes special care to av [...]

    6. I'm adding this to my Read list today, in honor of Mother's Day, 2015 though I read it 23 years ago. This morning a friend sent me an article about a local event and how it is tied to the origins of Mother's Day. That's what sparked the memory of this book. It was among the books we read in a graduate course in feminist philosophy, and was the hands-down favorite of everyone in the class, despite few of us being parents (and we studied many wonderful books that semester). I highly recommend it t [...]

    7. Anyone who believes that motherhood is weak can not help but be changed by Ruddick's careful analysis. This is not a raving feminist book. It merely suggests that the nurturing skills women learn in mothering could and should be harnassed to help build an environment for positive discussion instead of the testosterone infused conflict of the past.

    8. Insightful look at the power of "mothering" and thinking like a nuturer. It becomes important for those people who care about the raising of the world's children to organize in order to protect all children from the ravages of poverty, war, illiteracy, and abuse.

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