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The way medieval Islamic writings discuss breast-feeding reflects not only general attitudes of adults toward children but also concepts that adults held of the first stages of socialization, the status of women, and the power relations that obtained within the family. The nursling's well-being...
This article examines the role of families in the institutional confinement of idiot children in Victorian England. First, it surveys the changing historiography of mental hospitals, showing how historians of medicine are increasingly looking to paradigms of familial strategies and household...
During the Terror, French law forbade the execution of a woman condemned to death if she was pregnant. More than two dozen women who were condemned by the Revolutionary Tribunal, the highest political court, claimed pregnancy to delay their execution. This article examines the ways in which some...
The authors investigate marital patterns among Bavarian women born 1819 to 1886. In particular, Becker's hypothesis concerning heights and probability of marriage, namely, that likes tend to marry likes, is considered. The authors find to the contrary that the shortest women were at a distinct...
The antipsychiatry movement of the 1960s, led in Britain by R. D. Laing, construed the bourgeois family as psychogenic, in particular blaming mothers for the double binds typical of schizophrenia. This article searches out the (partly) Freudian roots of such beliefs. Its main aim, however, is to...
With the enactment of the law of 25 July 1889 on the divestiture of paternal authority, French civil courts were for the first time allowed to divest parents they deemed "morally dangerous" of all rights over their children. These rights were widely perceived as belonging to fathers alone, in...
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