Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Concerning Children reflects her innovative thinking on the social and economic construction of motherhood. In this volume, she takes on American society at its core principles: the betterment of our society through the development of our children. Gilman attacks our conventional model of child rearing, one based on obedience and discipline, rather than on the development of creativity and individuality. She responds to popular practices such as the corporal punishment of children, and proposes new and radical ways of child-rearing including social motherhood, which frees women to pursue careers. Presciently observing more than a century ago that it takes an entire village to raise a child, Gilman's Concerning Children is a must-read for anyone interested in gender and family studies.
AltaMira Press; November 2002
- ISBN: 9780759116399
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- Title: Concerning Children
Series: Classics in Gender Studies
- Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Michael Kimmel (other)
Imprint: AltaMira Press
About The Author
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American writer and feminist theorist. Among her works are The Home, His Religion and Hers, and 'The Yellow Wallpaper'. Michael Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at State University of New York, Stony Brook.