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Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in Central Mozambique

Chapman, Rachel R.

Verlag: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010
ISBN 10: 0826517188 / ISBN 13: 9780826517180
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Titel: Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in ...

Verlag: Vanderbilt University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Why are pregnant women facing the most desperate medical risks among the most erratic users of health services in Africa? Focusing on pregnant women's widely misunderstood efforts to sidestep biomedical health care, Rachel Chapman's evocative account of the aftershocks of Mozambique's brutal war lays bare the material and spiritual threats that continue to reverberate through this post-war African country. "In this world, she shows, the fact that ties of mutual dependence offer individuals the greatest security also implies that one individual's successful escape from poverty can deepen the poverty of others. Focusing on childbearing, a woman's greatest hope for future security but also her most vulnerable moment, Chapman's compelling ethnography points to a bitter irony: the closer one's ties of mutual support, the greater their potential for destruction." --Caroline Bledsoe, Northwestern University. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0826517188

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Inhaltsangabe: Behind a thatched hut, a birthing woman bleeds to death only minutes from "life-saving" maternity care. Chapman begins with the deceptively simple question, "Why don't women in Mozambique use existing prenatal and maternity services?" then widens her analysis to include a whole universe of cultural, political, and economic forces. Fusing cultural anthropology with political economy, Chapman vividly demonstrates how neoliberalism and the increasing importance of the market have led to changing sexual and reproductive strategies for women.

Pregnant herself during her research, Chapman interviewed 83 women during pregnancy and postpartum. She discovered that the social relations surrounding traditional Shona practices, Christian faith healing, and Western biomedical treatments are as important to women's choices as the efficacy of the therapies.

Umschlagtext: A vivid ethnography of women's risks in pregnancy and birth in a Mozambique impoverished by neoliberalism

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