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Dr. Cecilia Tomori @DrTomori
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This piece is getting a lot closer to key issues we discuss in the #anthropology of #reproduction. A few key issues I would like to note.
1) The concept of #stratifiedreproduction is helpful here. Originally described by Shellee Colen, #stratifiedreproduction describes systematic ways in which some people's #reproduction is valued & nurtured, while others' are devalued & hindered.
2) We've been working w/ this concept since it was put at the center of our emerging field of the #anthropology of #reproduction in 1995 when Faye Ginsburg & Rayna Rapp published the pivotal edited volume "Conceiving the New World Order"
3) It is important to recognize that the inequities of #stratifiedreproduction are not coincidental - they are embedded in systematic, historical power relationships manifest in specific local interactions that link up with & interrelated to larger, state-level & global scales.
4) So state policies that hinder, restrict, & punish #reproduction of people of color are embedded in histories of #racialinequity that are specific to US history & politics but also linked up to global-scale histories of #colonialism
5) This issue of the interaction of the #local & the #global, as well as the role of the #state and further focus on the dynamics of #power relations & inequities is demonstrated in many recent works in the #anthropology of #reproduction including the 2011 edited volume
6) by Browner & Sargent "Reproduction, Globalization & the State"
7) There are many anthropologists continuing important work in this area and continuing to build on #stratifiedreproduction combining key #anthropological #feminist & #criticalrace & #postcolonial theoretical insights
8) There are too many examples to just choose some, but in the US Prof. Khiara Bridges' book "Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization" is a great example
9) Elise Andaya's "Conceiving Cuba: Reproduction, Women and the State in the Post-Soviet Era"
10) Daisy Deomampo's "Transnational Reproduction
Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India"
11) These are just a very few examples, and I feel torn because I could go on and on.
12) #Stratifiedreproduction was a key concept for my own work on #breastfeeding along with key other work on race & reproduction in the US like that of the brilliant Professor Dorothy Roberts whose "Killing the Black Body" a seminal reading in grad seminar
13) One of my hopes is that #anthropologists who study #reproduction continue to work towards sharing our work with broader audiences to enrich conversations abt these issues & influence policymakers & practitioners. I know we have a long way to go, but am hopeful.
14) To provide a broader range of current work in the field, check out the Council on Anthropology & Reproduction newsletter from this fall with recent panels on #reproduction @AmericanAnthro 2018 meetings (sadly, I was unable to attend this year)…
15) While most of the work I highlighted is from #sociocultural #anthropology , there are many colleagues working on the embodiment of #inequities in #reproduction in #biological and #bioarchaeological #anthropology & some of us have been working to bring this work together.
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