Tired of Weeping: Mother Love, Child Death, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau / Edition 1

Tired of Weeping: Mother Love, Child Death, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau / Edition 1

by Jonina Einarsdottir
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299201341

ISBN-13: 9780299201340

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Challenging the assumption that mothers in high-poverty societies will neglect their children and fail to mourn their deaths as a survival strategy, Einarsdottir demonstrates that there is no normalization of child death where it's a common event. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork from 1993 to 1998 among the matrilineal Papel of the Biombo region, the U. of Iceland

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Challenging the assumption that mothers in high-poverty societies will neglect their children and fail to mourn their deaths as a survival strategy, Einarsdottir demonstrates that there is no normalization of child death where it's a common event. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork from 1993 to 1998 among the matrilineal Papel of the Biombo region, the U. of Iceland anthropologist includes theoretical discussion of reproductive practices, conceptions of children, child-care customs, interpretations of disease and death, and infanticide. Among the Papel women, for whom poverty and high fertility and child mortality are common, these factors contributed to anguish and distress—not to indifference—in relation to their children's diseases and deaths. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299201340
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Women in Africa and the Diaspora Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction3
1Marriage Relations27
2Burdens of Birth60
3Conceptualization of Children88
4Diseases and Death106
5Nonhuman Children138
Conclusion164
Notes171
Glossary201
References203
Index227

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