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Tired of Weeping: Mother Love, Child Death, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau (Women in Africa and the Diaspora)

 
 
 
 
Tired of Weeping: Mother Love, Child Death, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau (Women in Africa and the Diaspora)
Author: Jonina Einarsdottir
ISBN 13: 9780299201340
ISBN 10: 299201341
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2004-11-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
List Price: $24.95
 
 

Challenging the assumption that mothers in high-poverty societies will neglect their children and fail to mourn their deaths as a survival strategy, Einarsdottir demonstrates that there is no normalization of child death where it's a common event. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork from 1993 to 1998 among the matrilineal Papel of the Biombo region, the U. of Iceland anthropologist includes theoretical discussion of reproductive practices, conceptions of children, child-care customs, interpretations of disease and death, and infanticide. Among the Papel women, for whom poverty and high fertility and child mortality are common, these factors contributed to anguish and distress—not to indifference—in relation to their children's diseases and deaths. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR