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Author Han, Sallie.

Title Pregnancy in practice : expectation and experience in the contemporary US / Sallie Han
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 195 pages) : illustrations
Series Fertility, reproduction and sexuality ; volume 25
Fertility, reproduction, and sexuality ; v. 25
Contents Pregnancy as a literacy event -- Protoconversations of the heart : belly talk -- Seeing like a family, looking like a baby : fetal ultrasound imaging -- "This body is no longer my own" -- Making rooms for babies : houses, nurseries, and baby things -- Consumption and communitas : baby showers
Summary Babies are not simply born-they are made through cultural and social practices. Based on rich empirical work, this book examines the everyday experiences that mark pregnancy in the US today, such as reading pregnancy advice books, showing ultrasound "baby pictures" to friends and co-workers, and decorating the nursery in anticipation of the new arrival. These ordinary practices of pregnancy, the author argues, are significant and revealing creative activities that produce babies. They are the activities through which babies are made important and meaningful in the lives of the women and men
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ethnology -- United States.
Pregnancy -- United States.
Pregnancy -- ethnology.
Anthropology, Cultural.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0857459880 (electronic bk.)
1299950795 (electronic bk.)
9780857459886 (electronic bk.)
9781299950795 (electronic bk.)