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Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives
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Making Bodies Kosher
The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England
268 pages, 17 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-228-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2019)
“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
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
List of Illustrations
Notes on Text and Transliteration
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
List of Archival Materials and Oral Histories
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