Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations

Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations

By: Dr. Abdullahi El-Tom (editor), Tanya Cassidy (editor)Hardback

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Breastfeeding is an intimate and deeply rooted bodily practice, as well as a highly controversial sociocultural process which invokes strong reactions from advocates and opponents. Touching on a wide range of issues such as reproduction, sexuality, power and resources, and maternal and infant health, the controversies and cultural complexities underlying breastfeeding are immense. Ethnographies of Breastfeeding features the latest research on the topic. Some of the leading scholars in the field explore variations in breastfeeding practices from around the world. Based on empirical work in areas such as Brazil, West Africa, Darfur, Ireland, Italy, France, the UK and the US, they examine the cross-cultural challenges facing mothers feeding their infants. Reframing the traditional nature/culture debate, the book moves beyond existing approaches to consider themes such as surrogacy, the risk of milk banks, mother-to-mother sharing networks facilitated by social media, and the increasing bio-medicalization of breast milk, which is leading its transformation from process to product. A highly important contribution to global debates on breast milk and breastfeeding.

About Author

Tanya Cassidy is a research fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland and is adjunct professor with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology at the University of Windsor in Canada. Abdullahi El Tom is Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland and was elected to the executive board of the European Association of Social Anthropologists in 2010.


Notes on Contributors Foreword Penny Van Esterik, York University, Canada Introduction Tanya Cassidy and Abdullahi El Tom, both of National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland 1. The Embodied Experience of Breastfeeding and the Product/Process Dichotomy in Sao Paolo, Brazil Alanna E. F. Rudzik, Durham University, UK 2. Demedicalizing Breast Milk: The Discourses, Practices and Identities of Informal Milk Sharing Aunchalee Palmquist, Elon University, USA 3. Historical Ethnography and the Meanings of Human Milk in Ireland Tanya Cassidy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland 4. Between 'le corps maternel et le corps erotique': Exploring Women's Experiences of Breastfeeding and Expressing in the UK and France Charlotte Faircloth, University of Kent, UK 5. The Naturalist Discourse Surrounding Breastfeeding among French Mothers Gervaise Debucquet, Audencia Nantes School of Management, France, and Valerie Adt, L'Institut Interdisciplinaire du Contemporain, France 6. 'Who knows if one day, in the future, they will get married...?': Considerations about Breast Milk, Migration and Milk Banking in Italy Rossella Cevese, Universita degli Studi di Verona, Italy 7. Religion, Wet-nursing and Laying the Ground for Breast Milk Banking in Darfur, Sudan Abdullahi El Tom, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland 8. Between Proscription and Control of Breastfeeding in West Africa: Women's Strategies Regarding Prevention of HIV Transmission Alice Desclaux and Chiara Alfieri, both of Universite d'Aix-Marseille, France 9. 'Impersonal Perspectives' on Public Health Guidelines on Infant Feeding and HIV in Malawi Anne Matthews, Dublin City University, Ireland 10. Breastfeeding and Bonding: Issues and Dilemmas in Surrogacy Sunita Reddy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Tulsi Patel, University of Delhi, India, Birgitte Bruun Nielsen, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Malene Tanderup, Aarhus University, Denmark 11. Breast Milk Donation as Care Work Katherine Carroll, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia 12. Women and Children First?: Gender, Power and Resources, and their Implications for Infant Feeding Vanessa Maher, University of Verona, Italy Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781472569257
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781472569257
  • weight: 572
  • ISBN10: 1472569253

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