The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction is a comprehensive overview of the topics, approaches, and trajectories in the anthropological study of human reproduction. The book brings together work from across the discipline of anthropology, with contributions by established and emerging scholars in archaeological, biological, linguistic, and sociocultural anthropology. Across these areas of research, consideration is given to the contexts, conditions, and contingencies that mark and shape the experiences of reproduction as always gendered, classed, and racialized. Over 39 chapters, a diverse range of international scholars cover topics including:
- Reproductive governance, stratification, justice, and freedom.
- Fertility and infertility.
- Technologies and imaginations.
- Queering reproduction.
- Pregnancy, childbirth, and reproductive loss.
- Postpartum and infant care.
- Care, kinship, and alloparenting.
This is a valuable reference for scholars and upper-level students in anthropology and related disciplines associated with reproduction, including sociology, gender studies, science and technology studies, human development and family studies, global health, public health, medicine, medical humanities, and midwifery and nursing.
Table of Contents
Sallie Han and Cecília Tomori
Part I Opening conversations in reproduction
1. Conceiving Reproduction in Biological Anthropology
Karen L. Kramer, Amanda Veile and Paula Ivey Henry
2. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: Evidence, Proposed Mechanisms, and Ideas for Future Applications
Zaneta Thayer and Theresa Gildner
3. Men and Reproduction: Perspectives from Biological Anthropology
Peter B. Gray, Alex Straftis and Kermyt G. Anderson
4. Conceiving of Reproduction in Archaeology
April Nowell, Lisa M. Mitchell and Helen Kurki
Part II Governance, stratification, justice, and freedom
5. Reproduction and the State
Carole H. Browner and Carolyn F. Sargent
6. The Necropolitics of Reproduction: Racism, Resistance, and the Sojourner Syndrome in the Age of the Movement for Black Lives
7. Reproductive Governance in Practice: A Comparison of State-Provided Reproductive Health Care in Cuba and the United States
8. Reproduction through Revolution: Maoist Women’s Struggle for Equity in Post-Development Nepal
9. Policy, Governance, Practice: Global Perspectives on Abortion
Joanna Mishtal and Silvia De Zordo
10. Sterile Choices: Racialized Women, Reproductive Freedom, and Social Justice
Part III Making fertility
11. Menstruation: Causes, Consequences, and Context
Mary P. Rogers-LaVanne and Kathryn B. H. Clancy
12. Menstruation: Sociocultural Perspectives
Elisha P. Renne
13. Infertility, In Vitro Fertilization, and Fertility Preservation: Global Perspectives
Marcia C. Inhorn
14. Global IVF and Local Practices: The Case of Ghana
Part IV Queering reproduction
17. The Racial Contours of Queer Reproduction
France Winddance Twine and Marcin Smietana
18. Invisible Hands: The Reproductivities of Queer(ing) and Race(ing) Gynecology
Part V Made and unmade: Personhood and reproduction
19. "Personhood" in the Anthropology of Reproduction
20. Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis
Nete Schwennesen and Tine M. Gammeltoft
21. Navigating Reproductive Losses
Erica van der Sijpt
22. Reproduction in the Past: A Bioarchaeological Exploration of the Fetus and Its Significance
Amy B. Scott and Tracy K. Betsinger
Part VI Pregnancy
23. Pregnancy and the Anthropology of Reproduction
Elly Teman and Tsipy Ivry
24. Bringing Language into the Anthropology of Reproduction: The Text and Talk of Pregnancy
25. From Couvade to "Men’s Involvement": Sociocultural Perspectives of Expectant Fatherhood
Part VII Birth
26. The Obstetrical Dilemma Revisited--Revisited
Karen R. Rosenberg and Wenda R. Trevathan
27. There Is No Evolutionary "Obstetrical Dilemma"
28. Midwifery in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Mounia El Kotni
29. Doulas: Negotiating Boundaries in Birth
Julie Johnson Searcy and Angela N. Casteñeda
30. Rituals and Rites of Childbirth across Cultures
Melissa Cheyney and Robbie Davis-Floyd
31. Making Dignified Care the Norm: Examining Obstetric Violence and Reproductive Justice in Kenya
Jackline Oluoch-Aridi, Vania Smith-Oka, Jessica Dailey and Ellyn Milan
32. Maternal Mortality
Part VIII Postpartum and infant care
33. Making Space for Lactation in the Anthropology of Reproduction
Cecília Tomori, EA Quinn and Aunchalee E.L. Palmquist
34. The Bioarchaeology of Infant Feeding
Siân E. Halcrow, Melanie J. Miller, Kate Pechenkina, Yu Dong and Wenquan Fan
35. Biocultural Perspectives on Infant Sleep
Alanna E.F. Rudzik, Cecília Tomori, James J. McKenna and Helen L. Ball
Part IX Care as reproducing kinship
Lynnette Leidy Sievert and Subho Roy
37. The Shifting Role of Grandmothers in Global Reproduction Strategies
38. Alloparenting: Evolutionary Origins and Contemporary Significance of Cooperative Childrearing as a Key Feature of Human Reproduction
Kristen N. Herlosky and Alyssa N. Crittenden
39. Adoption and Fostering
Jessaca Leinaweaver and Diana Marre
Sallie Han is Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Oneonta, USA. She is the author of Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary US (2013) and co-editor of The Anthropology of the Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society (2018).
Cecília Tomori is Associate Professor and Director of Global Public Health and Community Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA. She is the author of Nighttime Breastfeeding: An American Cultural Dilemma (2014) and co-editor of Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches (2018).
"This book expertly guides us through the intricacies of reproduction as a complex entanglement of biocultural, biographical and historically situated practices, in which relationships of unequal power and violence, as well as care and kinship are forged. The editors have showcased the astonishing breadth of topics that are centred on reproduction, from socio-cultural, evolutionary, linguistic, political, medical, technological and intersectional perspectives. The book will appeal to students and scholars at all levels with an interest in reproduction and I highly recommend it – even established experts will encounter new knowledge and will be inspired to broaden their thinking about reproduction beyond the confines of their own disciplinary imperatives and experiences. The book also has much to offer those who work to set policy and practices which relate, directly and indirectly, to reproduction. If clinicians, legislators, as well as those who determine public health policy, were to engage with the evidence and arguments so cogently presented in this book then perhaps the subject of reproduction could take its rightful place at the core of our everyday values, practices, and human rights." - Rebecca Gowland in Childhood in the Past