Tired of Weeping

Tired of Weeping

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In this comprehensive and provocative study of maternal reactions to child death in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, anthropologist JA³nAsna EinarsdA³ttir challenges the assumption that mothers in high-poverty societies will neglect their children and fail to mourn their deaths as a survival strategy. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted from 1993 to 1998 among the matrilineal Papel, who reside in the Biombo region, this work includes theoretical discussion of reproductive practices, conceptions of children, childcare customs, interpretations of diseases and death, and infanticide. EinarsdA³ttir also brings compelling narratives of life experiences and reflections of Papel women.Sitting too much is bad for a pregnant woman, and if she does ... Then she begins to complain that a pregnant woman is always expected to carry on with her work: a€œA woman cana#39;t expect any help because of her pregnancy.a€At the same timeanbsp;...

Title:Tired of Weeping
Author:Jonina Einarsdottir
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2005-01-26


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