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Social Science Women's Studies

The Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding

Power, Pleasure, Poetics

by (author) Robyn Lee

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Category
Women's Studies, General, General, Marriage & Family, Ethics & Moral Philosophy
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487503710
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $72.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487518578
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $72.00

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Responding to the most widely read breastfeeding manual, La Leche League’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Robyn Lee’s The Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding explores breastfeeding as an art that must be developed through skillful application of effort and distinguished from a merely natural or physiological process.

 

The Ethics and Politics of Breastfeeding challenges the dominant understanding of breastfeeding and cultivates an alternative conception as an ethical, embodied practice of the self. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, and Luce Irigaray, Lee develops a new understanding of breastfeeding as an "art of living," where the practice is reconsidered in the light of ongoing social inequalities.

About the author

Robyn Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.

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