This new book, edited by Petra Bueskens, a psychotherapist and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and published by Palgrave in 2021, revisits Nancy Chodorow’s groundbreaking and highly influential 1978 book The Reproduction of Mothering. This publication brings together an original essay from Nancy Chodorow Women Mother Daughters: The Reproduction of Mothering After Forty Years and a host of outstanding international scholars—including Rosemary Balsam, Adrienne Harris, Elizabeth Abel, Madelon Sprengnether, Ilene Philipson, Meg Jay, Daphne de Marneffe, Alison Stone and Petra Bueskens—in a mix of memoir, festschrift, reflection, critical analysis and new directions in Chodorowian scholarship. In the 40 years since its publication, The Reproduction of Mothering has had a profound impact on scholarship across many disciplines including sociology, psychoanalysis, psychology, ethics, literary criticism and women’s and gender studies.  Organized as a “reproduction of mothering scholarship”, this volume adopts a generationally differentiated structure weaving personal, political and scholarly essays. 

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021, 7:00-10:00 PM EDT, Maternal Scholars Australia presented a virtual book launch for Australian sociologist Petra Bueskens’ edited collection Nancy Chodorow and The Reproduction of Mothering: Forty Years On. The book was launched by Associate Professor Julie Stephens. It featured Nancy Chodorow reflecting on her canonical book, its meaning and place in sociology, psychoanalysis and feminism after forty years. The launch also featured authors Rosemary Balsam, Adrienne Harris, Elizabeth Abel, Ilene Philipson, Daphne de Marneffe, Meg Jay, Leslie Bell, Jade McGleughlin, Katie Garner and Ursula Fanning discussing their chapters. Click here to watch the video recording of the book launch.

About the Author: Nancy J. Chodorow, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emerita at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley. She has written on gender and sexuality, feminism, the American independent tradition, comparative theory, and psychoanalysis and social science. She is the author of numerous articles and five books, including The Reproduction of Mothering (1978, 1999), Individualizing Gender and Sexuality (2012), and The Psychoanalytic Ear and the Sociological Eye: Toward an American Independent Tradition (2020), which was discussed at the Meet the Author Webinar on May 4, 2021. Click here to watch the video recording. She is in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Members and partners can borrow this book from the BPSI library.