Author: Sarah Pinto
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Release Date: 2008-03-01
Genre: Social Science
In the Sitapurdistrict of Uttar Pradesh, an agricultural region with high rates of infant mortality, maternal health services are poor while family planning efforts are intensive. By following the daily lives of women in this setting, the author considers the women’s own experiences of birth and infant death, their ways of making-do, and the hierarchies they create and contend with. This book develops an approach to the care that focuses on emotion, domestic spaces, illicit and extra-institutional biomedicine, and household and neighborly relations that these women are able to access. It shows that, as part of the concatenation of affect and access, globalized moralities about reproduction are dependent on ambiguous ideas about caste. Through the unfolding of birth and death, a new vision of "untouchability" emerges that is integral to visions of progress.
All cultures are concerned with the business of childbirth, so much so that it can never be described as a purely physiological or even psychological event. This volume draws together work from a range of anthropologists and midwives who have found anthropological approaches useful in their work. Using case studies from a variety of cultural settings, the writers explore the centrality of the way time is conceptualized, marked and measured to the ways of perceiving and managing childbirth: how women, midwives and other birth attendants are affected by issues of power and control, but also actively attempt to change established forms of thinking and practice. The stories are engaging as well as critical and invite the reader to think afresh about time, and about reproduction.
Author: Marcia C. Inhorn
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Release Date: 2012-07-30
How and to what extent have Islamic legal scholars and Middle Eastern lawmakers, as well as Middle Eastern Muslim physicians and patients, grappled with the complex bioethical, legal, and social issues that are raised in the process of attempting to conceive life in the face of infertility? This path-breaking volume explores the influence of Islamic attitudes on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) and reveals the variations in both the Islamic jurisprudence and the cultural responses to ARTs.
Author: Leo P. Chall
Release Date: 1990
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How much influence does culture have on a mother's reactions to pregnancy loss? At what stage is a fetus attributed with human status? How does this affect the mother's reactions to the loss of a baby? Contemporary, historical and oral-history accounts from regions as diverse as rural North India, urban America, South Africa and Northern Ireland, provide a fascinating insight into the experience and management of miscarriage across a number of different cultures. The authors explore how the social, technological and medical context in which miscarriages occur can affect the ways in which women experience such an event. In the West, advances in medical technology, a low infant-mortality rate and a low birth rate have raised expectations as to the successful outcome of each pregnancy. In addition, the early confirmation of pregnancy makes consequent pregnancy loss -- which might have gone unnoticed or unconfirmed in the past -- all the more difficult for mothers in the West. Yet, mourning rituals and behaviour at a pregnancy loss, which may be elaborate in some societies, are generally considered to be inappropriate in many Western societies. Differing social beliefs regarding the causes of miscarriage, preventative measures and curative treatments are also examined. Medical anthropologists, sociologists and health professionals will all find this book fascinating reading.
Das zweibändige Standardwerk zur weiblichen Gesundheit wurde aus dem Amerikanischen übersetzt, stark erweitert und auf die Verhältnisse in Deutschland, der Schweiz und Österreich abgestimmt. Themenschwerpunkte im ersten Band: Körperbild, Ernährung, legale Drogen, Frauen in Bewegung, alternative Heilverfahren, Gewalt gegen Frauen, Sexualität, Frauenliebe, Anatomie und Physiologie der Sexualorgane, Aids, Verhütung. Themenschwerpunkte im zweiten Band: Schwangerschaft, Geburtsvorbereitung und Geburt, Älterwerden, frauenspezifische Krankheiten und Beschwerden, Frauen im Gesundheitswesen.
Ein raffinierter und spannender Kriminalroman vom vielfach preisgekrönten Autor Tony Hillerman – und ein faszinierender Blick in die fremdartige, von der modernen Zivilisation bedrohte indianische Kultur. Die Anthropologen McKee und Canfield arbeiten seit Tagen in der Navajo-Reservation. Canfield interessiert sich für Felsengräber, McKee will den Gerüchten nachgehen, nach denen hier ein "Werwolf" sein Unwesen treibt. Doch dann verschwindet Canfield plötzlich aus dem Lager und hinterlässt nur eine mysteriöse Nachricht ...