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Author Einarsdóttir, Jónína.

Title Tired of weeping : mother love, child death, and poverty in Guinea-Bissau / Jónína Einarsdóttir
Published Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 236 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Women in Africa and the diaspora
Women in Africa and the diaspora.
Contents Introduction -- Marriage relations -- Burdens of birth -- Conceptualization of children -- Diseases and death -- Non-human children
Summary In this comprehensive and provocative study of maternal reactions to child death in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, anthropologist Jónína Einarsdóttir challenges the assumption that mothers in high-poverty societies will neglect their children and fail to mourn their deaths as a survival strategy. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted from 1993 to 1998 among the matrilineal Papel, who reside in the Biombo region, this work includes theoretical discussion of reproductive practices, conceptions of children, childcare customs, interpretations of diseases and death, and infanticide. Einarsdóttir also brings compelling narratives of life experiences and reflections of Papel women.--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-225) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Children -- Mortality -- Guinea-Bissau -- Biombo.
Mothers -- Guinea-Bissau -- Biombo -- Psychology.
Papel (African people) -- Kinship.
Papel (African people) -- Mortality.
Papel (African people) -- Psychology.
Biombo (Guinea-Bissau) -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0299201333 (electronic bk.)
9780299201333 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)