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Pollution has been described as 'matter out of place'.15 In many cultures the
human body is perceived as a vessel, the exits and entrances of which inust
normally be kept closed, and which must not be contaminated. All body products,
In every physiological activity which involves the exits and entries of the body the
way in which we use our bodies is intimately bound up with ideas about their
location, worth, and how they work. These ideas for the most part consist of ...
Body Fantasies in Childbirth In my own research in the comparative sociology of
childbirth I found that one of the commonest body fantasies in peasant societies
is that the baby can go up into the mother's chest, so choking her. To avoid this ...
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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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