ANTHRCUL 325 - Childbirth & Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines childbirth from an anthropological perspective, focussing on the distinctive sociocultural configurations of childbirth practices and beliefs in several different societies. The cross-cultural study of childbirth not only provides the basis for an understanding of the cultural logic underlying these practices and beliefs, but also expands our knowledge of women’s perspectives on social change and on the medicalisation of childbirth. The course considers a range of childbirth-related topics including conception, the birthing process, childbirth rituals, postpartum care of mothers and newborns, fathers’ participation, miscarriage and infant mortality, changing childbirth practices, and the politics of childbirth relating to hospitalization and reproductive technologies. Based on reading and videos from studies of childbirth in African, Asian, European, Latin American, and North American societies, students’ work will be evaluated through one short paper, a book review, class participation, and a midterm and a final exam.

ANTHRCUL 325 - Childbirth & Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
28710
Open
52
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
P
28711
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1
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
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28722
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3
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
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28723
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12
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
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28724
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12
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
006 (DIS)
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28725
Open
1
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
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28726
Open
15
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
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28727
Open
8
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
009 (DIS)
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28728
Closed
0
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 9780881337174
Birth in four cultures : a crosscultural investigation of childbirth in Yucatan, Holland, Sweden, and the United States, Author: Jordan, Brigitte., Publisher: Waveland Press 1993
Required
ISBN: 0520229320
Birth as an American rite of passage, Author: Robbie E. Davis-Floyd., Publisher: University of California Press 2. ed., wi 2003
Required
ISBN: 1577664353
Monique and the mango rains : two years with a midwife in Mali, Author: Kris Holloway ; John Bidwell, consulting editor., Publisher: Waveland Press 2006
Required
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