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The Resource Countless blessings : a history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel, Barbara M. Cooper

Countless blessings : a history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel, Barbara M. Cooper

Label
Countless blessings : a history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel
Title
Countless blessings
Title remainder
a history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel
Statement of responsibility
Barbara M. Cooper
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How do women in Hausa-speaking Niger think about pregnancy and childbirth differently from women in the United States or Europe? Barbara M. Cooper sets out to answer this question to understand how childbirth has been experienced in the history of the African Sahel, a place that has the world's highest fertility rates, but also one of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality. Cooper presents a history of what it is like for many rural women to bear children in Niger. She sketches out the influence of geography, ethnicity, social status, and religion to come to a deeper understanding of reproduction and the practices of fertility and maternal well-being from colonialism to today. Cooper unveils a complex landscape of religious and family life where women who have no children may be shunned, where competition between wives for fertility may be intense, and where access to medicine may be improvised. In this patriarchal society where women are poorly educated a culture of sorrow and shame develops among them. Cooper suggests that in this volatile environment it is little wonder that pregnancy and birth are tremendously dangerous practices
Cataloging source
IEN/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cooper, Barbara MacGowan,
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GT2465.S15
LC item number
C66 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Childbirth
  • Childbirth
  • Childbirth
  • Childbirth
  • Fertility, Human
  • Fertility, Human
  • Birth customs
  • Birth customs
  • Reproductive health
  • Reproductive health
  • Women, Hausa
  • Hausa (African people)
  • Africa
  • Niger
  • Sahel
  • Niger
Label
Countless blessings : a history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel, Barbara M. Cooper
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Environment, seduction, and fertility -- Tensions in the wake of conquest : gender and reproduction after abolition -- Personhood, socialization, and shame -- Colonial accounting -- Perils of pregnancy and childbirth -- Producing healthy babies and healthy laborers -- Feminists, Islamists, and demographers -- Let's talk about bastards -- Contemporary sexuality and childbirth -- Conclusion: Traveling companions and entrustments in contemporary Niger
Control code
1045642993
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 345 pages
Isbn
9780253042019
Lccn
2018031196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1045642993
Label
Countless blessings : a history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel, Barbara M. Cooper
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Environment, seduction, and fertility -- Tensions in the wake of conquest : gender and reproduction after abolition -- Personhood, socialization, and shame -- Colonial accounting -- Perils of pregnancy and childbirth -- Producing healthy babies and healthy laborers -- Feminists, Islamists, and demographers -- Let's talk about bastards -- Contemporary sexuality and childbirth -- Conclusion: Traveling companions and entrustments in contemporary Niger
Control code
1045642993
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 345 pages
Isbn
9780253042019
Lccn
2018031196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1045642993

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