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Small Wars: The Cultural Politics of Childhood / Edition 1

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Overview

"A wake-up call to those who are honestly concerned with global childhood safety."-Carol Stack, author of All Our Kin

Author Biography: Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her many publications include two award-winning books published by California, Death Without Weeping (1992), and Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics (1979). Carolyn Sargent, author of Maternity, Medicine, and Power (California, 1989) and coeditor with Robbie Davis-Floyd of Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge (California, 1997), is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Women's Studies at Southern Methodist University.

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What People Are Saying

Carol Stack
A wake-up call to all those who are honestly concerned with global chilhood safety.
— author of All Our Kin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520209183
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her many publications include two award-winning books published by California, Death Without Weeping (1992), and Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics (1979). Carolyn Sargent, author of Maternity, Medicine, and Power (California, 1989) and coeditor with Robbie Davis-Floyd of Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge (California, 1997), is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Women's Studies at Southern Methodist University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Negotiating Parenthood and Childhood 35
Infanticide, the Spirits of Aborted Fetuses, and the Making of Motherhood in Japan 37
Ambiguities Lost: Fashioning the Fetus into a Child in Ecuador and the United States 58
Reproductive Partners: Doctor-Woman Relations in Israeli and Canadian IVF Contexts 75
Examining Surrogacy Discourses: Between Feminine Power and Exploitation 93
Neonatal Jaundice: The Cultural History of the Creation and Maintenance of a "Disease" of Newborns 111
Mamitis and the Traumas of Development in a Colonia Popular of Mexico City 130
Ethical Reflections: Taking a Walk on the Wild Side 149
Pt. II The Cultural Politics of Child Survival 163
Historical Perspectives on Infant and Child Mortality in Northwestern Portugal 165
Children's Health as Accumulated Capital: Structural Adjustment in the Dominican Republic and Cuba 186
Bad Boys and Good Girls: The Implications of Gender Ideology for Child Health in Jamaica 202
Who Is the Rogue? Hunger, Death, and Circumstance in John Mampe Square 228
Pt. III Small Wars: Children and Violence 251
"Good Mothers," "Babykillers," and Fatal Child Maltreatment 253
Ritual and Satanic Abuse in England 277
Institutionalized Sex Abuse and the Catholic Church 295
Children in Extremely Difficult Circumstances: War and Its Aftermath in Croatia 318
Families and Children in Pain in the U.S. Inner City 331
Brazilian Apartheid: Street Kids and the Struggle for Urban Space 352
Nothing Bad Intended: Child Discipline, Punishment, and Survival in a Shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 389
Notes on Contributors 416
Index 421
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