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Anthropology of breast-feeding : Natural - Vanessa A. Maher

Anthropology of breast-feeding


Paperback Published: 1st May 1992
ISBN: 9780854968145
Number Of Pages: 200

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On the whole, the debates surrounding the issues of breast-feeding - often reflecting ethnographic and ill-informed medical and demographic approaches - have failed to treat the deeper issues. The significance of breast-feeding reaches far beyond its biological function; in fact, the authors of this volume argue, there is nothing 'natural' about breast-feeding itself. On the contrary, attitudes and practices are socially determined, and breast-feeding has to be seen as an essential element in the cultural construction of sexuality. This volume offers an 'ethnography' of breast-feeding by examining cultural norms and practices in a number of European and non-European societies, thus presenting valuable and often astonishing empirical material that is not otherwise readily available. The highly original focus of this volume therefore throws new light on gender and on social relationships in general.

"This is a fascinating, thoughtful book." --Nursing Times

..". a very interesting and thought provoking volume which deals with practical implications of the socio-cultural aspects of breastfeeding ... an essential read for policy-makers, physicians, nurse midwives, nutritionists and other health workers who may wish to broaden their understanding of breastfeeding" --Health Policy and Planning

"a 'must' for anyone undertaking a serious study of breast feeding." --TAMBA, Health and Education Bulletin

..".a valuable addition to the excellent "Cross-cultural Perspectives on Women" series." --Choice

Breast-Feeding in Cross-cultural Perspective: Paradoxes and Proposals
Breast-Feeding and Baraka in Northern Tunisia
Production and Pleasure: Research on Breast-Feeding in Turin
A Question of Reason: Breast-Feeding Patterns in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Iceland
Milk Kinship in Shi'ite Islamic Iran
Working Mothers in Rural Nepal
Breast-Feeding and Maternal Depletion: Natural Law or Cultural Arrangements?
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ISBN: 9780854968145
ISBN-10: 0854968148
Series: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Women (Paperback)
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st May 1992
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1