ABSTRACT

In the course of this book I have provided a rather detailed description of the experiences during pregnancy of unwed mothers who spent several months of pregnancy in a maternity home and a maternity school. My description has been organized around the conception of moral career, around the view that illegitimate pregnancy presents girls with a limited set of alternatives and a particular sequence of concerns and experiences of self. The purpose of these final comments then is to mention some of the issues which could not be easily fitted to that descriptive account and to point out the larger contexts in which I regard this study to be embedded.