Anthropology | Reproduction, Culture & Identity
E600 | 24929 | Bahloul


Do babies play a role in defining their parentsí cultural, national,
ethnic, or religious identity? Is the female womb a battleground in
national politics?  This course will take a positive approach to these
questions, with the assumption that both women and the societies in
which they live use their reproductive capacities as a fertile terrain
for establishing the politics of identity. Students will explore the
question of biological reproduction as being in direct relation to
social and culture reproduction.  They will study fertility and
childbirth within different cultures, as well as the experience of
infertility and its social responses in diverse cultural and political
contexts.

Requirements
- mid-term exam (25%)
- research paper  (35%)
- final exam   (25%)
- class participation (15%)

Selected Bibliography
Davis-Floyd and Sargent (eds.), 1997, Childbirth and Authoritative
Knowledge.
Ginsburg and Rapp (eds.), 1995, Conceiving the New World Order.
Inhorn and Van Balen (eds.), 2002, Infertility Around the Globe.
Kahn S.,  2000, Reproducing Jews.
Kanaaneh R., 2002, Birthing the Nation.