Sallie Han's Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the PDF

By Sallie Han

ISBN-10: 0857459872

ISBN-13: 9780857459879

ISBN-10: 1782387927

ISBN-13: 9781782387923

Infants will not be easily born-they are made via cultural and social practices. according to wealthy empirical paintings, this ebook examines the standard reviews that mark being pregnant within the US this present day, equivalent to analyzing being pregnant recommendation books, displaying ultrasound "baby photos" to pals and associates, and adorning the nursery in anticipation of the recent arrival. those usual practices of being pregnant, the writer argues, are major and revealing artistic actions that produce infants. they're the actions wherein infants are made vital and significant within the lives of the ladies and males looking forward to the kid's beginning. This e-book brings into concentration a subject matter that has been ignored within the scholarship on replica and may be of curiosity to pros and expectant mom and dad alike.

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Indeed, other women with whom I spoke seemed sensitive to the fact that the books not only inform and advise pregnant women on what to do, but also how to feel during their pregnancies. ” In fact, the sections were titled, “What You May Be Feeling,” and included lists of physical and emotional symptoms. 2 “I was pregnant, which about one day out of three made me the happiest woman in the world. And for the remaining two, the most worried,” Murkoff explains in her introduction to What to Expect (Eisenberg et al.

Reading is an important way that middle-class women develop their interest in and knowledge of alternative ways of childbirth,” Pamela Klassen notes in her study of home birthing women in the United States (2001: 17). Like the women whom I met in my fieldwork, almost all of the women in her study had attended college, and a number of them had received advanced degrees. Klassen 36 Pregnancy in Practice found that they were well read in popular and scholarly accounts of the history, anthropology, and politics of childbirth.

Expectant Motherhood, one of the best-selling pregnancy books of the twentieth century, was written by a male obstetrician, as were other books now considered the foundation of the natural childbirth movement in the United States, such as Grantly Dick-Read’s Childbirth without Fear (1953[1944]) and Robert Bradley’s Husband-Coached Childbirth (1981[1965]). Today, advice mongers tout not their expertise but their Everywoman experience as their qualification to write books. Vicki Iovine, author of The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy, depicts herself as a wise (and wisecracking) woman sharing lessons from four pregnancies.

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