Biography & Autobiography

Monique and the Mango Rains

Author: Kris Holloway

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1851688897

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

View: 5178

Monique Dembele saves lives and dispenses hope in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. Her unquenchable passion to improve the lot of the women and children in her West African village is matched by her buoyant humour in the face of unhappy marriage and backbreaking work. This is the deeply compelling story of the rare friendship between a young development volunteer and this midwife who defies tradition and becomes - too early in her own life - a legend.
Social Science

Monique and the Mango Rains

Two Years with a Midwife in Mali

Author: Kris Holloway

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478609028

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

View: 502

In a remote corner of West Africa, Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope every day in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of the authors decade-long friendship with Monique, an extraordinary midwife in rural Mali. It is a tale of Moniques unquenchable passion to better the lives of women and children in the face of poverty, unhappy marriages, and endless backbreaking work, as well as her tragic and ironic death. In the course of this deeply personal narrative, as readers immerse in village life and learn firsthand the rhythms of Moniques world, they come to know her as a friend, as a mother, and as an inspired woman who struggled to find her place in a male-dominated world.
Biography & Autobiography

Monique and the Mango Rains

An Extraordinary Story of Friendship in a Midwife's House in Mali

Author: Kris Holloway

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 9781851688371

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 4207

Monique Dembele saves lives and dispenses hope in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. Her unquenchable passion to improve the lot of the women and children in her West African village is matched by her buoyant humour in the face of unhappy marriage and backbreaking work. This is the deeply compelling story of the rare friendship between a young development volunteer and this midwife who defies tradition and becomes - too early in her own life - a legend.
Medical

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

Author: Randi Hutter Epstein

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393079902

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 6044

"[An] engrossing survey of the history of childbirth."—Stephen Lowman, Washington Post Making and having babies—what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver—have mystified women and men throughout human history. The insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science. Here is an entertaining must-read—an enlightening celebration of human life.
Social Science

Mad Dogs, Englishmen, and the Errant Anthropologist

Fieldwork in Malaysia

Author: Douglas Raybeck

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478610034

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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According to Raybeck, the solitary dictum that best characterizes fieldwork is Things go awry. In this spirited account of his time spent in Southeast Asia, Raybeck describes several adventures and misadventures involving field research, as well as the understanding, humility and bruises that these experiences leave behind. Since fieldwork is situated, Raybecks treatment also includes rich descriptions of Kelantanese society and culture, addressing such topics as kinship, linguistics, gender relations, economics, and political structures. Through the lively pages of this narrative, readers gain insight into the human dimension of the fieldwork undertaking, a sense of how the anthropologist builds rapport in a research setting, and how reliable information is obtained.
Social Science

Embodying Culture

Pregnancy in Japan and Israel

Author: Tsipy Ivry

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813548302

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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Embodying Culture is an ethnographically grounded exploration of pregnancy in two different cultures—Japan and Israel—both of which medicalize pregnancy. Tsipy Ivry focuses on "low-risk" or "normal" pregnancies, using cultural comparison to explore the complex relations among ethnic ideas about procreation, local reproductive politics, medical models of pregnancy care, and local modes of maternal agency. The ethnography pieces together the voices of pregnant Japanese and Israeli women, their doctors, their partners, the literature they read, and depicts various clinical encounters such as ultrasound scans, explanatory classes for amniocentesis, birthing classes, and special pregnancy events. The emergent pictures suggest that athough experiences of pregnancy in Japan and Israel differ, pregnancy in both cultures is an energy-consuming project of meaning-making— suggesting that the sense of biomedical technologies are not only in the technologies themselves but are assigned by those who practice and experience them.
History

Global Shadows

Africa in the Neoliberal World Order

Author: James Ferguson

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822337171

Category: History

Page: 257

View: 4242

DIVA collection of Ferguson's essays that bring the question of Africa into the center of current debates on globalization, modernity, and emerging forms of world order./div
Political Science

Gender Myths and Feminist Fables

The Struggle for Interpretive Power in Gender and Development

Author: Andrea Cornwall,Elizabeth Harrison,Ann Whitehead

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444306685

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

View: 7776

This collection brings together leading feminist thinkers who examine the struggles for interpretive power which underlies international development. Questions why the insights from years of feminist gender and development research are so often turned into ‘gender myths’ and ‘feminist fables’: women are more likely to care for the environment; are better at working together; are less corrupt; have a seemingly infinite capacity to survive Explores how bowdlerized and impoverished representations of gender relations have simultaneously come to be embedded in development policy and practice Traces the ways in which language and images of development are related to practice and provides a nuanced account of the politics of knowledge production Argues that struggles for interpretive power are not only important for our own sake, but also for the implications they have for women’s lives worldwide An informed analysis of how ‘gender’ has been transformed in its transfer into development policy and how many authors are now revisiting and reflecting on their earlier work
History

Genii of the River Niger

Author: Jean-Marie Gibbal,Beth G. Raps

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226290522

Category: History

Page: 204

View: 1033

The river Niger, a source of life and danger for the people in impoverished eastern Mali, is also the origin of elaborate mythology. From his travels through Mali and down the Niger in a dugout canoe, Jean-Marie Gibbal has created a personal documentary of the cultures of the region. The result is at once an ethnography of cultures in crisis and a poetic evocation of the environment and people he encountered. Gibbal portrays the river as the dominant, cohesive force among people in the face of social and environmental strife. He focuses on the Ghimbala healing cult, which centers on the river, and how the cult structures social relations in the region. Gibbal vividly recreations the Ghimbala rites, nocturnal ceremonies of spirit possession and seance which animate the water spirits, or genii, that inhabit the river. The genii, he finds, provide the strength of social identity in a world where famine and competing versions of Islam threaten to overpower traditional culture. In its original French publication, The Genii of the River Niger was honored with an Alexandra David-Neel literary prize in 1989. Its powerful lyricism, combined with fascinating ethnographic depth, will delight general readers and specialists alike and will stir debates among specialists in African studies, the anthropology of religion, and literature.
Medical

Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health

Author: Ruth C. White

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 0763781533

Category: Medical

Page: 335

View: 6700

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) continues to be one of the most important fields of study for improving the health of populations across the globe. Two the 10 Millennium Development Goals strive specifically to improve maternal and child health, and several others, such as gender equality and HIV/AIDS, are critical aspects of Maternal and Child Health. Written for students in public health, medical, and allied health professions, Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health brings to life theoretical and conceptual ideas discussed in primary texts, through the analysis of lived stories of maternal and child health programs around the world. Using structured case studies of community-based programs in maternal and child health from around the world, students will be presented with real-life ethical, practical and theoretical challenges that will develop critical and analytical thinking skills and also provide them with practice models that they can use in their future or present work.
Social Science

Guests of the Sheik

An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village

Author: Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307773787

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 4842

A delightful, well-written, and vastly informative ethnographic study, this is an account of Fernea's two-year stay in a tiny rural village in Iraq, where she assumed the dress and sheltered life of a harem woman. This volume gives a unique insight into a part of the Midddle Eastern life seldom seen by the West. "A most enjoyable book abouut [Muslim women]--simple, dignified, human, colorful, sad and humble as the life they lead." --Muhsin Mahdi, Jewett Professor of Arabic Literature, Harvard Unversity.
Biography & Autobiography

Laibon

An Anthropologist's Journey with Samburu Diviners of Kenya

Author: Elliot M. Fratkin

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759120676

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 179

View: 5285

Elliot Fratkin shares the story of his early anthropological fieldwork in Kenya in the 1970s. Using his fieldnotes and letters home to bring to life the voices of those he met, Fratkin invites the reader to experience his cross-cultural friendships with the enigmatic laibon (a diviner and healer of the Samburu and Maasai peoples) Lonyoki, his family, and the people of the nomadic community of Lukumai. Fratkin participated in the daily lives of the Ariaal livestock herders and accompanied the laibon as he performed divination and healing rituals throughout Marsabit and Samburu Districts. After Fratkin reunited Lonyoki with his son and wife, Lonyoki adopted Fratkin into his family, and Fratkin continues his close friendship with Lonyoki s son Lembalen today. Black-and-white photographs, a guide to the characters, words, and places, and a list of suggested readings supplement the engaging narrative. Laibon is more than a memoir; it delves into nitty-gritty details of fieldwork, speaks to larger questions about ethnographic research, and provides unparalleled insight into the world of the laibon."
Science

Fevered

The Coming Chaos of Climate Change--and What a Hotter Planet Means for Our Health

Author: Linda Marsa

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 160961996X

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 9427

Beyond images of emaciated polar bears and drought-cracked lakes, there remains a major part of climate change's impact that the media has neglected: how our health will suffer from higher temperatures and extreme weather. From spiraling rates of asthma and allergies and spikes in heatstroke-related deaths to swarms of invasive insects carrying diseases like dengue or West Nile and increases in heart and lung disease and cancer, the effect of rising temperatures on human health will be far-reaching, and is more imminent than we think. Award-winning journalist Linda Marsa blends compelling narrative with cutting-edge science to explore the changes in Earth's increasingly fragile support system and provide a blueprint--a "medical Manhattan Project"--detailing what we need to do to protect ourselves from this imminent medical meltdown. In the tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Marsa sounds the alarm on a subject that has largely been ignored by governments and policy makers, and persuasively argues why preparedness for the health effects of climate change is the most critical issue affecting our survival in the coming century.
Biography & Autobiography

Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart

A Midwife's Saga

Author: Carol Leonard

Publisher: Rj Communications

ISBN: 9780615195506

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 3111

A memoir of a young midwife practicing in the wilds of New Hampshire who trained with a wonderful old country doctor, fell in love with her obstetrician back-up, and ultimately became a national leader in the struggle to reclaim the profession of midwifery in the United States. A story of love, loss and deep dedication to birthing women.
Religion

Acts of Faith

The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

Author: Eboo Patel

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807006319

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 1261

With a new afterword Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.
Social Science

Touching Bellies, Touching Lives

Midwives of Southern Mexico Tell Their Stories

Author: Judy Gabriel

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478629754

Category: Social Science

Page: 197

View: 2726

When I got there, I found the girl lying on the floor, naked and screaming, with the baby’s foot sticking out. Judy Gabriel gives humble, authentic voice to the personal experiences and practices of scores of traditional midwives in rural Mexico. The midwives talk about their childhoods, marriages, losses, rituals, and techniques. The rich narratives describe childbirth before modern medicine redefined it. Intended to engage, enrich, and inspire, Gabriel’s work tells of the women who received generations of babies into their hands when knowledge about childbirth came from women’s bodies, from instinct, from dreams, and from other women. The stories unfold in the context of high-intervention obstetrics and soaring Cesarean rates, a world that often degrades women and violates the sanctity of birth. An ideal supplemental text for courses in cultures of Mesoamerica; the anthropology of reproduction, midwifery, and birth; medical or biological anthropology; and midwifery practice in historical and cross-cultural context. Additions
Social Science

The Insider's Guide to the Peace Corps

What to Know Before You Go

Author: Dillon Banerjee

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0307768538

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 8127

So, you want to join the Peace Corps . . . If you are interested in joining the Peace Corps, you probably have questions that run the gamut from "What is the application process like?" to "Is the Peace Corps effective as a development agency?" In this updated second edition, former Peace Corps volunteer Dillon Banerjee shares candid facts and insights about the experience in a practical question-and-answer format. With input from recently returned volunteers who served across the globe, this thorough guide presents valuable information including: • What Peace Corps recruiters look for in your application• Items you should--and shouldn't---pack for your two-year trip• Useful gadgets and technology that help volunteers stay connected from far away• Real answers to personal questions about culture shock, safety, dating, homesickness, and more Whether you're thinking of joining or have already been accepted and are preparing to leave, The Insider's Guide to the Peace Corps will help equip you for the unique challenges and rewards of the volunteer experience, regardless of your program area or country assignment. It's essential reading for anyone interested in "the toughest job you'll ever love." From the Trade Paperback edition.
Biography & Autobiography

A Doctor's Quest

The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe

Author: Gretchen Roedde

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459706439

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

View: 4383

Dr. Gretchen Roedde tells the stories of the hopes of village women in the developing world struggling to give birth safely. A Doctor's Quest analyzes the slow progress in global maternal health, contrasting the affluence of the few with the precarious plight of the world's poorest.
Social Science

Introducing Medical Anthropology

A Discipline in Action

Author: Merrill Singer,Hans Baer

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759120900

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

View: 7278

This new edition introduces students to the growing field of medical anthropology. It reviews the basic perspectives and concepts and the latest debates in the field in a more comprehensive fashion than many other comparable works.
Social Science

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life

Author: Elijah Anderson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393340511

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 3566

Elijah Anderson, called "one of our best urban ethnographers" by the , introduces the concept of the "cosmopolitan canopy": the urban islands of civility amid segregated ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves.