Tired Of Weeping: Mother Love, Child Death, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau

Paperback | November 29, 2004

byJonina Einarsdottir

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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.

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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 ...

Jónína Einarsdóttir is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland.  Since 2001, she has conducted research on the ethical questions related to the treatment of underweight infants born in Iceland and the implication of such births for the families involved. She has done extensive fieldwork among the Papel of Guine...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 29, 2004Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299201341

ISBN - 13:9780299201340

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“A well researched and clearly written critical study, narrated in an engaging style . . .”—Peter Karibe Mendy, International Journal of African Historical Studies