By Eugenia Georges
Recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the simplest venture within the quarter of medicine.The writer, a second-generation Greek American, again to Greece together with her younger daughter to do fieldwork over the process a decade. targeting Rhodes, an island that blends continuity with the prior and fast social swap in frequently unforeseen methods, she interviewed over a hundred girls, medical professionals, and midwives approximately problems with reproduction.The result's an in depth portrait of the way a longstanding procedure of "local" gynecological and obstetrical wisdom less than the regulate of girls used to be speedily displaced within the the interval following international warfare II, and the way the technologically-intensive biomedical version that took its position in flip assumed its personal unique signature.Bodies of information is a shiny ethnographic learn of the way a possibly globalizing and homogenizing procedure like medicalization may be reshaped as ladies and medical examiners alike selectively settle for or reject new practices and applied sciences. Georges came across, for instance, that ladies in Rhodes have enthusiastically embraced a few new applied sciences, like fetal imaging while pregnant, yet rejected others, like scientific birth control. also they are avid shoppers of well known childbirth manuals.This publication is the recipient of the 2006 Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the simplest venture within the quarter of drugs.
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For these reasons and many others, I found Rhodes an ideal place for this research. Rhodians themselves, however, sometimes begged to differ. I’d made a mistake in my choice of field site, I was told on more than one occasion when people learned I was an anthropologist. I should pack up my things, they advised me, and go study the island of Karpathos instead. Karpathos, which in fact has received more attention from anthropologists than has Rhodes, is a small rocky outpost of the Dodecanese archipelago with a regional reputation for proud (and stubborn) adherence to local tradition.
Placenta previa unquestionably merits the “high-risk” label), but to offer a glimpse of my trajectory and personal experience with divergent ideologies of birth, as well as with a variety of obstetrical technologies. Of all the interventions I underwent, though, none provoked the deep emotional response I felt as I first glimpsed my daughter’s shadowy image on the ultrasound monitor. When my doctor pointed out her spinal column, which shimmered up from the gray wash of the screen to remind me, oddly enough, of a string of luminous pop-beads I used to wear in junior high school, I surprised myself (and my doctor) by bursting into tears.
Finally, I believe that having my daughter almost constantly by my side helped legitimate me (to some extent, in any case) in the face of the common perception, discussed in the next chapter, that foreign women typically visit Rhodes looking for sexual liaisons with local men (see Dubisch 1995b; Smith 2002). The fact that I had only one child, on the other hand, sometimes drew comments that were decidedly less approving. As I describe in Chapter 6, there is a widespread perception in Greece today that the nation’s exceptionally low birth rate represents a major national problem.
Bodies of Knowledge: The Medicalization of Reproduction in Greece by Eugenia Georges