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Det vejledte og det naturlige moderskab - Moderskabsidealer i dansk rådgivningslitteratur 1902-1950

Patursson, Bergtóra LU (2017) ILHK02 20162
Division of History of Ideas and Sciences
Abstract
The aim of this study is to unveil and present different notions of ideals of motherhood in Denmark
during the first half of the 20th century which appear in medical guidelines for parents and parents
to be, emphasizing on the way motherhood has been idealized and regulated and how power has
been exerted over mothers and women’s lives and bodies. The study takes a look at earlier existing
ideas about motherhood, women and children, in order to relate these ideas to the ideals discovered
in the parenting guidelines. It appears that especially two kinds of ideals of the good mother
continue to appear and disappear throughout European history, which also appear in the first half of
20th century Denmark; the strict and disciplining... (More)
The aim of this study is to unveil and present different notions of ideals of motherhood in Denmark
during the first half of the 20th century which appear in medical guidelines for parents and parents
to be, emphasizing on the way motherhood has been idealized and regulated and how power has
been exerted over mothers and women’s lives and bodies. The study takes a look at earlier existing
ideas about motherhood, women and children, in order to relate these ideas to the ideals discovered
in the parenting guidelines. It appears that especially two kinds of ideals of the good mother
continue to appear and disappear throughout European history, which also appear in the first half of
20th century Denmark; the strict and disciplining mother and the openly loving and permissive
mother. During most of the examined period, the dominant ideal seems to have been the
disciplining mother, which should raise and care for her children with focus on tranquility,
regularity and cleanliness, but by midcentury this ideal starts to get challenged by the ideal of a
more permissive mother, who focuses on her child’s individuality and need for individualized care
and love. (Less)
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author
Patursson, Bergtóra LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Instructed and Natural Motherhood - On Ideals of Motherhood in Danish Advice Literature, 1902-1950
course
ILHK02 20162
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Motherhood, History of Motherhood, Ideals of Motherhood, History of Ideas, Biopower, Medical guidelines, Parenting guidelines
language
Danish
id
8903825
date added to LUP
2017-03-07 14:40:03
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2017-03-07 14:40:03
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study is to unveil and present different notions of ideals of motherhood in Denmark
during the first half of the 20th century which appear in medical guidelines for parents and parents
to be, emphasizing on the way motherhood has been idealized and regulated and how power has
been exerted over mothers and women’s lives and bodies. The study takes a look at earlier existing
ideas about motherhood, women and children, in order to relate these ideas to the ideals discovered
in the parenting guidelines. It appears that especially two kinds of ideals of the good mother
continue to appear and disappear throughout European history, which also appear in the first half of
20th century Denmark; the strict and disciplining mother and the openly loving and permissive
mother. During most of the examined period, the dominant ideal seems to have been the
disciplining mother, which should raise and care for her children with focus on tranquility,
regularity and cleanliness, but by midcentury this ideal starts to get challenged by the ideal of a
more permissive mother, who focuses on her child’s individuality and need for individualized care
and love.},
  author       = {Patursson, Bergtóra},
  keyword      = {Motherhood,History of Motherhood,Ideals of Motherhood,History of Ideas,Biopower,Medical guidelines,Parenting guidelines},
  language     = {dan},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Det vejledte og det naturlige moderskab - Moderskabsidealer i dansk rådgivningslitteratur 1902-1950},
  year         = {2017},
}