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Making Bodies Kosher: The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England

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Volume 42

Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives



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Making Bodies Kosher

The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England

Ben Kasstan

268 pages, 17 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-228-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2019)


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Reviews

“This is a clear and engagingly written account of the experiences of Haredi Jews in the UK…this account stands to be an important contribution to medical anthropology and anthropology of religions.“ • Sallie Han, SUNY Oneonta

Description

For Haredi Jews, reproduction is entangled with issues of health, bodily governance and identity. This is an analysis of the ways in which Haredi Jews negotiate healthcare services using theoretical perspectives in political philosophy. This is the first archival and ethnographic study of Haredi Jews in the UK and sits at the intersection of medical anthropology, social history and Jewish studies. It will allow readers to understand how reproductive care issues affect this growing minority population.

Ben Kasstan is a social and medical anthropologist, with research interests in the politics of reproduction and health decision-making among ethnic and religious minority groups.  He is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex (UK).

Subject: Medical Anthropology Religion
Area: Northern Europe



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements

Notes on Text and Transliteration

Introduction

PART I: 'COMMUNITY' HEALTH

Chapter 1. The Pursuit of Self-protection

Chapter 2. Culture, Faith and Health

PART II: MATERNITY AND INFANT BODY POLITICS

Chapter 3. Maternity Matters
Chapter 4. Immunities and Immunisations

Conclusion: Antonymic Immunities

Appendix
List of Archival Materials and Oral Histories
Glossary
Index

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