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Good Enough Mothers: Practicing Nurture and Motherhood in Chiapas, Mexico

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Volume 49

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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Good Enough Mothers

Practicing Nurture and Motherhood in Chiapas, Mexico

JM López

200 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-252-0 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (November 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-253-7 eBook Not Yet Published

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“I truly think this is an outstanding book! I love its design – the way it flows from context to women’s stories to analysis in each chapter. Its theoretical contributions are multiple, and it is very easy to read, and absolutely fascinating in many places.” • Robbie Davis-Floyd, University of Texas


Motherhood in Mexico is profoundly shaped by the legacy of colonialism. This ethnography situates motherhood in a critical global health analysis of maternal health inequalities and interventions in the southeast state of Chiapas. Using a transitional life course framework, it demonstrates how the transition to motherhood is never complete. Once a good mother is defined, she becomes undefined, the goal posts moved, and the rules confronted.

JM López is a medical anthropologist specialising in barriers to healthcare, sexual health and care ethics as well as working with the design and ethics of collaborative ethnography. They are Assistant Professor in Health and Society at the University of Bradford, UK.

Subject: Gender Studies and Sexuality Anthropology (General)
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


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