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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pregnancy Within the Patriarchy
by Mitchell-Hardt, Molly J., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 60; 13806330
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the evolution of consciousness through the lens of the relationship between masculine and feminine from the Neolithic era to the present and the impact on pregnancy and birth within the current patriarchy. Using heuristic and hermeneutic methodologies, the author"s experience through her pregnancy is explored as an example of the often dysfunctional and disempowering interplay between masculine and feminine in the modern era. The author specifies possible avenues of healing, integration, and awakening into a new state of consciousness. In an overarching traumatized collective culture that is characterized by the patriarchal system, how does the current medical model of childbirth, governed by the same rules of the patriarchal system in which it was born, distort the feminine experience? What is the impact of being pregnant and having a baby within this cultural paradigm on humanity at large as well as on individuals including mothers and babies?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Gioia
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Childbirth, Counseling, Depth psychology, Patriarchy, Social justice, Women
Publication Number: 13806330
ISBN: 978-1-392-04624-1
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