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Description - The Anthropology of Breast-feeding by Vanessa Maher

On the whole, the debates surrounding the issues of breast-feeding - often reflecting ethnographic and ill-informed medical and demographic approaches - have failed to treat the deeper issues. The significance of breast-feeding reaches far beyond its biological function; in fact, the authors of this volume argue, there is nothing 'natural' about breast-feeding itself. On the contrary, attitudes and practices are socially determined, and breast-feeding has to be seen as an essential element in the cultural construction of sexuality. This volume offers an 'ethnography' of breast-feeding by examining cultural norms and practices in a number of European and non-European societies, thus presenting valuable and often astonishing empirical material that is not otherwise readily available. The highly original focus of this volume therefore throws new light on gender and on social relationships in general.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780854968145
ISBN-10: 0854968148
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-May-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Vanessa Maher

Vanessa A Maher Associate Professor in Cultural Anthropology,University of Turin, former Research Fellow, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, University of Oxford

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