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Maternal Encounters, Maternal Affect

Motherhood: From rights to choices


Renata Salecl

About Renata
Renata Salecl is a philosopher and sociologist. Senior Researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Visiting Professor at BIOS, LSE and at Cardozo School of Law, New York. Her books include On Anxiety (Routledge 2004) and Choice (Profile Books, 2010).
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Motherhood has been perceived as choice in the developed world after the liberalisation of abortion. However, this choice can be extremely anxiety provoking for women, especially in times when the ideology of choice dominates our lives in all possible ways. The paper shows how psychotherapy and psychoanalysis look at this anxiety, it reflects on how family relations are often the traumatic kernel behind this choice, and how the changes that women experience in today's times contribute to the increase of anxiety related to reproduction.
How to Cite: Salecl, R., 2010. Motherhood: From rights to choices. Studies in the Maternal, 2(1), pp.1–14. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 2010.
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