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Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives
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Good Enough Mothers
Practicing Nurture and Motherhood in Chiapas, Mexico
200 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-252-0 $120.00/£89.00 / Hb / Published (November 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-253-7 eBook
“Working from the belief that research is meant not only to inform but also to promote appropriate activism, the author endeavors to work against the ‘coloniality of knowledge’ and the ‘violent dominance of white privilege’ anthropology…Highly Recommended.” •Choice
“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 SexualityAnthropology (General)
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean
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