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sons is already established long before the baby is born. All the same, the
Mundugumor are exceptional. In most societies, ritual in pregnancy is supportive
rather than merely an extra irritation. In my own anthropological field work in
Jamaica I ...
In the Andaman Islands a name is given to the baby before birth, and from that
moment on until it is born and is several weeks old, no one may speak the name
of the mother or father. They can say only 'the father of and name the child.
The baby is born in the grandmother's house, and the girl cares for it with the help
of her mother for nine months to a year, and then goes off to seek work in the
town, leaving the baby with her mother. The pattern is remarkably similar to that
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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