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Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece

Heather Paxson


In Greece, women speak of mothering as “within the nature” of a woman. But this durable association of motherhood with femininity exists in tension with the highest incidence of abortion and one of the lowest fertility rates in Europe. In this setting, how do women think of themselves as proper individuals, mothers, and Greek citizens? In this anthropological study of reproductive politics and ethics in Athens, Greece, the text tracks the effects of increasing consumerism and imported biomedical family planning methods, showing how women's “nature” is being transformed to meet crosscutting cla ... More

Keywords: Greece, motherhood, femininity, abortion, fertility rates, reproductive politics, ethics, consumerism, family planning, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520223714
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Paxson, author