Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel by Tsipy IvryEmbodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel by Tsipy Ivry

Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel

byTsipy Ivry

Paperback | October 15, 2009

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Embodying Culture is an ethnographically grounded exploration of pregnancy in two different cultures—Japan and Israel—both of which medicalize pregnancy. Tsipy Ivry focuses on "low-risk" or "normal" pregnancies, using cultural comparison to explore the complex relations among ethnic ideas about procreation, local reproductive politics, medical models of pregnancy care, and local modes of maternal agency.

The ethnography pieces together the voices of pregnant Japanese and Israeli women, their doctors, their partners, the literature they read, and depicts various clinical encounters such as ultrasound scans, explanatory classes for amniocentesis, birthing classes, and special pregnancy events.

The emergent pictures suggest that athough experiences of pregnancy in Japan and Israel differ, pregnancy in both cultures is an energy-consuming project of meaning-making— suggesting that the sense of biomedical technologies are not only in the technologies themselves but are assigned by those who practice and experience them.

Tsipy Ivry is a lecturer in anthropology at the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel.
Title:Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and IsraelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813546362

ISBN - 13:9780813546360

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Doctoring of Pregnancy
1 Pregnancy in the Eyes of Israeli Ob-Gyns
2 The Front and the Backstage of Japanese Prenatal Care
Part II. Experiencing Pregnancy
3 The Path of Bonding
4 The Path of Ambiguity
Part III. Embodying Culture
5 Juxtapositions
6 Pregnant with Meaning

Editorial Reviews

"With finely crafted ethnography, Tsipy Ivry engages her readers in the most intimate of experiences--pregnancy. Research in Japan and Israel reveals how medical knowledge and technologies are made use of differentially in these two locations by both physicians and women to accomplish a remarkably dissimilar embodiment of future motherhood. Ivry's position is that concern about the ramifications of technologically assisted reproduction should not usurp representations of the cultures of pregnancy."