The Conclusion compares the ambivalent Indian Buddhist discourse on motherhood discussed throughout the book to recent feminist theory on motherhood—in particular, the tension within recent feminist theory between asserting women’s identity with men and proclaiming their difference, and how this tension becomes particularly pronounced at the site of motherhood. It also attempts to relate the Indian Buddhist discourse on motherhood to recent literature on a feminist ethics of care, and to Sara Ruddick’s influential work on “maternal practice” and “maternal thinking.”
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