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Maternities and Modernities : Colonial and Postcolonial Experiences in Asia and the Pacific - Kalpana Ram

Maternities and Modernities

Colonial and Postcolonial Experiences in Asia and the Pacific

By: Kalpana Ram (Editor), Margaret Jolly (Editor)

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Published: 26th February 1998
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Feminist theories have focused on contemporary, Western, middle-class experiences of maternity. This volume brings other mothers, from Asia and the Pacific, into scholarly view, aiming to show that birthing and mothering can be a very different experience for women in other parts of the world. The contributors document a wide variety of conceptions of motherhood, and drawing on ethnographic and historical research, they explore the relationships between motherhood as embodied experience and the local discourses on maternity. They show how the experience of motherhood has been influenced by missionaries, by colonial policies and by the introduction of Western medicine and biomedical birthing methods, and raise important questions about the costs and benefits of becoming a modern mother in these societies.

'Ram and Jolly have put together a theoretically sophisticated and densely illustrated volume ... it deserves a wide readership in anthropology and related disciplines.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Introduction: colonial and postcolonial plots in histories of maternities and modernities Margaret Jolly
Shaping reproduction: maternity in early twentieth-century Malaya Lenore Manderson
Modernizing the Malay mother Maila Stivens
'Good wives and mothers' or 'dedicated workers'? Contradictions of domesticity in the 'mission of sisterhood', Travancore, south India Jane Haggis
Maternity and the story of enlightenment in the colonies: Tamil coastal women, south India Kalpana Ram
The dai and the doctor: discourses on women's reproductive health in rural Bangladesh Santi Rozario
Other mothers: maternal 'insouciance' and the depopulation debate in Fiji and Vanuatu, 1890-1930 Margaret Jolly
Just add water: remaking women through childbirth, Anganen, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea Leanne Merrett-Balkos
From sisters to wives: changing contexts of maternity on Simbo, Western Solomon Islands Christine Dureau
Epilogue: maternal experience and feminist body politics: Asian and Pacific perspectives Kalpana Ram
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ISBN: 9780521584289
ISBN-10: 0521584280
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th February 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.61