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The Hard Work of Feeding the Baby: Breastfeeding and Intensive Mothering in...

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Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues

6476 NW Marine Drive

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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Dr. Amy Hanser

(Associate Professor at Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia)

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In this talk, I describe an emerging culture of intensive mothering among middle-class, urban Chinese women that focuses on infant feeding. Based upon interviews with new mothers in urban Shanghai, I describe the intense efforts and commitment by these women to provide their babies with breast milk, and I describe the complexities of their attempts to put mothering ideals into practice. I suggest that the linkage between breastfeeding and motherhood represents a “gendered burden” for Chinese women and that infant feeding has become important, early terrain on which new mothers grapple with their own and others’ expectations about mothering and caring for a child.


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This event is sponsored by the UBC Centre for Chinese Research.

Light refreshment will be provided during the event.

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