Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel

Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel

by Tsipy Ivry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813546362

ISBN-13: 9780813546360

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Embodying Culture is an ethnographically grounded exploration of pregnancy in two different cultures—Japan and Israel—both of which medicalize pregnancy. Tsipy Ivry focuses on "low-risk" or "normal" pregnancies, using cultural comparison to explore the complex relations among ethnic ideas about procreation, local reproductive

Overview

Embodying Culture is an ethnographically grounded exploration of pregnancy in two different cultures—Japan and Israel—both of which medicalize pregnancy. Tsipy Ivry focuses on "low-risk" or "normal" pregnancies, using cultural comparison to explore the complex relations among ethnic ideas about procreation, local reproductive politics, medical models of pregnancy care, and local modes of maternal agency.

The ethnography pieces together the voices of pregnant Japanese and Israeli women, their doctors, their partners, the literature they read, and depicts various clinical encounters such as ultrasound scans, explanatory classes for amniocentesis, birthing classes, and special pregnancy events.

The emergent pictures suggest that athough experiences of pregnancy in Japan and Israel differ, pregnancy in both cultures is an energy-consuming project of meaning-making— suggesting that the sense of biomedical technologies are not only in the technologies themselves but are assigned by those who practice and experience them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813546360
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
Studies in Medical Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I. The Doctoring of Pregnancy
1 Pregnancy in the Eyes of Israeli Ob-Gyns
2 The Front and the Backstage of Japanese Prenatal Care
Part II. Experiencing Pregnancy
3 The Path of Bonding
4 The Path of Ambiguity
Part III. Embodying Culture
5 Juxtapositions
6 Pregnant with Meaning
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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