Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives
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Managing Reproductive Life
Cross-Cultural Themes in Fertility and Sexuality
Edited by Soraya Tremayne
300 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-500-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 2001)
ISBN 978-1-57181-317-6 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (November 2001)
"[This] ... excellent overview ... should be valuable in medical anthropology, gender and demography studies. It demonstrates the value of anthropology in exploring the varied cultural and economic contexts for reproductive decisions and sexual power relations." · Social Anthropology (EASA)
"... the authors provide innovative ethnographic data and analysis ... This edited volume is notable for its coherence and the consistent attention to the themes of the three sections." · American Ethnologist
Throughout history human societies have sought to manage their reproductive lives to make them fit in with their social, economic and biological conditions. But the different ways communities regulate their fertility, penetrating every aspect of their social life, are so varied and specific that they are often incomprehensible to outsiders. In this book a group of anthropologists set out to throw new light on the dynamics of human reproduction in the world today, looking at the intricate ways that people manage their reproductive life across different cultures, and highlighting the wider meaning of human reproduction and its impact on social organization. The importance of human agency, ethnic boundaries, the regulation of gender relations, issues of fertility and infertility, the significance of children and motherhood and the problems of two large vulnerable social groups, youth and refugees, are all considered in their broader social contexts.
Soraya Tremayne is Co-ordinating Director of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group and a Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and a Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Institute.