Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Making Modern MothersEthics and Family Planning in Urban Greece$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Heather Paxson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223714

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223714.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see http://california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 18 June 2018

Remaking Mothers

Remaking Mothers

From an Ethic of Service to an Ethic of Choice

Chapter:
(p.38) 2 Remaking Mothers
Source:
Making Modern Mothers
Author(s):

Heather Paxson

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223714.003.0002

This chapter traces material, ideational, and ethical shifts in what Athenian women have been expected to do in order to demonstrate gender proficiency and be good mothers. It also tracks changing family strategies within a secularizing context of increased labor market participation, consumerist dispositions, and medical means of fertility control. The humble attitude toward fertility control corresponds to a sense that motherhood constitutes the purpose of being a woman. It draws from these narratives local critiques of modernity and patriarchy that emerge from the confluence of an ethic of service and an ethic of choice for women. The ethic of service said to have flourished before the war has not disappeared; it has been overlaid with an ethic of choice. “Old” and “new” attitudes and ethics fold in on one another, even as each is called on to explain everyday life.

Keywords:   fertility control, motherhood, labor market, consumerist disposition, Athenian women

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.