Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel

Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel

by Tsipy Ivry

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Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel by Tsipy Ivry

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 "lowrisk" 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 energyconsuming project of meaningmaking- 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: 9780813548302
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2009
Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 404 KB

About the Author

Tsipy Ivr y is a lecturer in anthropology at the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel.

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