3_15_05_460j_rev - 21A.460J Medicine Religion and Politics...

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21A.460J – Medicine, Religion, and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora Lecture 12 12 March, 2005 How to compare race, place, and medicine: what institutions are involved in trying to medicalize process of birth? How are various cases analyzed and evaluated? What role does race play in establishing medical practices? What part does location (i.e. the particular society or culture) affect how different practices are adopted, and to what extent? What is the reason behind medicalizing birth? What fears is it trying to alleviate by doing so? What does making reproduction a matter for the state accomplish? o Controlling reproduction, particularly through control of women’s bodies provides a way to control populations o Reproduction seen as a matter of state security Hunt’s A Colonial Lexicon – describes resistance of colonists in the colonies to local environments. Little to no flexibility in policies for aspects of local culture such as indigenous birth practices, local definitions and standards for hygienic practices Ideas of fertility, hygiene, gender, and sexuality are aspects that shape and change identities. Stereotypes can affect how policies are engendered, and how people are perceived.
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ARCH 4.401 taught by Professor Utemetabauer during the Fall '06 term at MIT.

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