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International Day of Action for Women’s Health

May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. For over 30 years, women’s rights advocates and allies in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement worldwide have commemorated this day in diverse ways. Visit the campaign’s website for more information and ways to participate.

At a time when women’s human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights, continue to be systematically violated worldwide, our Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives series remains an important resource for understanding the complex and multifaceted issue of human reproduction. View our latest and forthcoming titles in the series below.

Gender, Education, and Global Delays in Marriage and Childbearing
Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Nancy J. Smith-Hefner

The concept of “Waithood” was developed by political scientist Diane Singerman to describe the expanding period of time between adolescence and full adulthood as young people wait to secure steady employment and marry. The contributors to this volume employ the waithood concept as a frame for richly detailed ethnographic studies of “youth in waiting” from a variety of world areas, including the Middle East Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S, revealing that whether voluntary or involuntary, the phenomenon of youth waithood necessitates a recognition of new gender and family roles.

Politics, Medicine and Morality
Irene Maffi

After the revolution of 2011, the electoral victory of the Islamist party ‘Ennahdha’ allowed previously silenced religious and conservative ideas about women’s right to abortion to be expressed. This also allowed healthcare providers in the public sector to refuse abortion and contraceptive care. This book explores the changes and continuity in the local discourses and practices related to the body, sexuality, reproduction and gender relationships. It also investigates how the bureaucratic apparatus of government healthcare facilities affects the complex moral world of clinicians and patients.

Introduction: Situating Abortion: Islam, the Arab countries and the Tunisian Exception

Social, Medical and Conceptual Perspectives
Edited by Susie Kilshaw and Katie Borg

Miscarriage is a significant women’s health issue. Research has consistently shown that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. This collected volume explores miscarriage in diverse historical and cultural settings with contributions from anthropologists, historians and medical professionals. Contributors use rich ethnographic and historical material to discuss how pregnancy loss is managed and negotiated in a range of societies. The book considers meanings attached to miscarriage and how religious, cultural, medical and legal forces impact the way miscarriage is experienced and perceived.

Introduction: Ambiguities and Navigations

The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England
Ben Kasstan

“Kasstan’s writing offers a fine weave of historical and contemporary ethnographic data and is clear and accessible. It will be a valuable teaching and learning resource.” • Medicine Anthropology Theory

“A successful juxtaposition of the history of medicine, Jewish Studies and medical anthropology, Making Bodies Kosher re-assesses sweeping categorisations of enthnoreligious minorities and their complex relationships to public health interventions and health care. This attentive and innovative work will appeal to social historians of medicine, Jewish Studies scholars and women’s and gender studies scholars. Public health and medical professionals could also utilise this work to evaluate their assumptions about health, religion and ‘non-compliance’.” • Social History of Medicine

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Anthropology in Action
Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

Sprinkles and Spacing: Mothers’ Reactions to Nutrition Programmes in Guatemala’s Dry Corridor
Bronwen Gillespie (Vol. 25, Issue 2)

Place of Birth and Concepts of Wellbeing: An Analysis from Two Ethnographic Studies of Midwifery Units in England
Christine McCourt, Juliet Rayment, Susanna Ranceand Jane Sandall (Vol. 23, Issue 3)

Did Policy Change Work?: Oregon Women Continue to Encounter Delays in Medicaid Coverage for Abortion
Bayla Ostrach (Vol. 21, Issue 3)

Anthropological Engagement at a Global Women’s Health Conference: A Report on the Women Deliver Conference, Kuala Lumpur 2013
Margaret MacDonald, Debra Pascali Bonaroand Robbie Davis-Floyd (Vol. 21, Issue 2)

Anthropology of the Middle East

Calm Vessels: Cultural Expectations of Pregnant Women in Qatar
Susie Kilshaw, Daniel Miller, Halima Al Tamimi, Faten El-Taher, Mona Mohsen, Nadia Omar, Stella Major and Kristina Sole (Vol. 11, Issue 2)

Women and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran: When HIV Meets Government Morality
Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi (Vol. 9, Issue 2)

Women’s Health in Central Asia: The Case of Female Suitcase Traders
Muyassar Turaeva (Vol. 5, Issue 2)

The Health Consequences of Consanguineous Marriage in Kuwait
Yagoub Yousif Al-Kandari (Vol. 2, Issue 2)

Girlhood Studies
An Interdisciplinary Journal

Delivering Sexual and Reproductive Health Education to Girls: Are Helplines Useful?
Joan Njagi (Vol. 11, Issue 2)

Guiding Girls: Neoliberal Governance and Government Educational Resource Manuals in Canada
Lisa Smith and Stephanie Paterson (Vol. 11, Issue 2)

Special Issue: Girls and their Health (Vol. 4, Issue 2)

Girls Use Digital Photography to Speak out about Sexuality and HIV
Katie MacEntee, Lukas Labacher and John Murray (Vol. 4, Issue 1)

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