Matters of Life and Longing - Female Sterilisation in Northeast Brazil

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Matters of Life and Longingis based on eleven months of ethnographic fieldwork in a low-income neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city Recife, Northeast Brazil. Having lived in the neighbourhood as a wife and a mother of two children, Anne Line Dalsgaard describes women's motives for accepting and often actively seeking sterilisation.Through a vivid and thoughtful analysis she shows to be both a symptom of structural constraints and a resource - a means by which women gain a sense of control over their lives.
The major theoretical contribution of the book is its demonstration of the ways in which phenomenology can be used as a tool in critical social analysis. Through focus on the basic human need for recognition Dalsgaard describes women's desire to be valuable in other people's opinion and the dependency on others that this desire implies. By linking fertility and sterilisation to existential dilemmas of autonomy and dependency, she ties individual agency, hopes and longings to historical processes and forces of power and economy, and thus moves away from simplistic dichotomies of mind/body, history/biography.
Matters of Life and Longingis a lucid and accessible work, which will be of interest to a wide and varied audience with an interest in Latin America, reproduction health, gender studies or anthropological discussions on agency and motivation.

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Forfatter: Anne Line Dalsgård
Sideantal: 253
Sprog: Engelsk
Produktvariant: Hæftet
Oplag: 1
Udgave: 1
Udgiver: Museum Tusculanum
Bredde: 153 mm
Højde: 230 mm
Dybde: 19 mm
Vægt: 473 g
Serie: Critical anthropology., Volume 1
Udgivelsesdato: 12 Aug 2004
Oplagsdato: 12 Aug 2004
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Engelsk

Matters of Life and Longing - Female Sterilisation in Northeast Brazil Museum Tusculanum